In a survey of parents and caregivers, one in four respondents admitted to having driven without their child buckled up in a car seat or booster seat.
Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
Seat belts save more than 13,000 lives a year. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. Only 53 percent of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else.
Your children’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when their backs and bottoms are against the vehicle seat back; and
The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and
The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest. Children are usually between 8 and 12 years old when the seat belt fits them properly.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
Kern County offers classes to teach you about how California laws will keep your family safe in the car. This 90 minute class will review the four stages of car seat safety, demonstrate installation of a child safety seat and provide child passenger safety resources.
Find out more about the class times Here
Parents can register their new or currently used car seat, ensuring that they are promptly notified about future recalls and guided through the repair process. Here’s how:
Engineers are working hard to ensure that cars and car seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But it’s up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly.
Learn more HERE
Children seated in a booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone.
Register online with your car manufacturer, using the information found on the information sticker on your car seat.
Fill out the registration card that came with your car seat. It’s pre-populated with your car seat’s information. Mail the card; no postage required.
TEEN DRIVING SAFETY
Every day, six teens are killed in a motor vehicle crash in the U.S. In fact, crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, ahead of all other types of injury, violence or disease.