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With all of the traveling that I do with my children, safety is always my number one priority. This is especially true for my youngest one, Manny. Since he is still in a car seat, I always check to make sure that his seat is not only up to par with the latest safety standards, but that it is also installed and secured properly. And since he is constantly growing at what seems to be rapid speed, there is no such thing to me as being too careful.

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National Seat Check Saturday was a huge help to me with this. I was able to have Manny’s car seat checked by a team of trained specialists to ensure that he is still in the right seat for his size and age.

 

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Kudos to the National Seat Check Saturday Team!  They checked a ton of seats and shared lots of valuable information with parents during the  event!

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The team also replaced seats that did not meet safety standards with new ones. They took care of disposal of the older seats to give parents one less thing to worry about!

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With Director Cathy Hogan of  Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, Safe Kids St. Louis

 

By talking with the certified car seat technicians at the event, I discovered that even though he’s ‘Mommy’s Big Boy’ Manny’s not quite at the age or size to advance to the next level car restraint type. I also received a hands-on inspection of his current seat and instruction on proper re-installation for when I have to remove it from the car.

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I also learned some facts about child passenger safety that were alarming to me as a parent:

  • In 2011, an estimated 123,000 children under age 13 riding as passengers of cars, SUVs, pickups and vans were injured in traffic crashes.
  • Car seats, booster seats and seat belts save lives and offer the best protection for children in crashes. 
  • Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.
  • More than 3,660 children were killed in car crashes during a 5-year period (2007-2011).
  • From 2007-2011, an estimated 634,000 children were injured. That’s more than the population of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • In 2011, on average nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed and 338 injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans.
  • In 2011, over one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.
  • SUVs are involved in a larger number of crash-related deaths for children than any other vehicle. Worse yet, roughly two-thirds of all children who died while riding in SUVs weren’t buckled in at the time of their deaths.
  • Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury in cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. In SUVs, pickups and vans, they reduce the risk by 58 percent for infants and 59 percent for toddlers.

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After getting Manny’s car seat inspected, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing that he is as safe as possible whenever we are traveling in the car.

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  All 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws requiring children to be restrained while riding in cars. Some States now require kids to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until age 9.

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If you missed National Seat Check Saturday and Child Passenger Safety Week, no worries: you can still take the initiative to keep your little children safe! Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, learn tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos, and sign up for car seat recall notifications.

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You can also >>Click Here<< to download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store.

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  • The strap that goes across the front of your baby or child should line up below their arm pits and you should only be able to put two fingers under the straps with your child buckled in. If the straps aren’t properly adjusted, they might not fully protect your child in the event of an accident.

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