by Melissa Gilbo, CISR on Nov 13, 2015
Is the car seat in right? Are the buckles too loose? Is the booster right? Should the seatbelt be tighter? These are the questions that run through my mind every time I put my boys in the car or when I give my little nephews a ride. The responsibility of having a child passenger is a big one.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71% among infants and by 54% among toddlers. Also, belt-positioning booster seats reduce the risk for injury by 59% and seat belts reduce the risk for fatal or serious injury by nearly 50%.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a website to help you find the nearest inspection station. Click here to see the 200 Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations that I found in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The NHTSA also recommends some easy tips for keeping your precious cargo safe:
There are enough things to worry about when taking care of children, making sure they are safe in the car should be second nature. Knowing the laws and recommendations from experts should help you make the right choices. And, as always, we can lead by example by being a safe parent, driver and rider.
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