Monday, November 2, 2009

PSA: Child Passenger Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats are not installed or used properly. This is an astonishing figure! Thousands of children are killed or injured each year due to improper car seat installation or lack of restraint.

Many parents are confused about how to install their car seats. After all, the directions can be pretty complex. But with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System, available in nearly all car seats and most vehicles manufactured after September 2002, installation is much faster and easier, ensuring the right fit each and every time. The NHTSA is now recommending that parents use the LATCH system whenever available.

The NHTSA has joined forces with the Ad Council to create a site with all the resources you need to keep your littlest passenger safe. On this site, you can find your nearest inspection station, view instructional videos or even test your knowledge with a fun quiz!

If you're a social media maven, you'll want to follow @ChildSeatSafety on Twitter, where an actual safety expert will answer any questions you may have on child passenger safety - from safe choices for car seats to how to maximize the efficiency of your car seat. Or you can become a fan of the NHTSA on Facebook to learn more about LATCH or locate inspection offices.

We're all carrying precious cargo. Please use this as a reminder to examine your car seat and prevent your baby from becoming another statistic.

Disclaimer: I was made aware of this campaign from my membership at Momfluence. In exchange for my post, I have been entered in a contest to win a surprise swag bag.


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