Car accidents are the leading cause of wrongful death and personal injury to children in the United States. Properly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. It’s up to every parent to make sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly.
Below are some top tips offered by www.safekids.org to help keep your kids safe in the car:
- Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat.
- Learn how to install your car seat properly. Most local police and/or state trooper stations will assist you in properly installing your car seat.
- Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the internet. Once a car seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.
- When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. Be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
- Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. While it may be tempting to dash out for a quick errand, the temperature inside your car can rise 20 degrees and cause heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run in and out of the store.
Reduce your child’s risk of personal injury or wrongful death associated with a car accident by taking the proper precautions before an accident occurs.
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