One of the first steps a parent, grandparent or caregiver can take to ensure the safety of their children is to register a new or currently used car seat. By registering a seat you will be notified of problems or recalls. It’s as easy as this:
· 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 is pre-populated with your car seat’s information, then mail the card, no postage is required.
Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71% during an accident. This is why it is important to take the time to choose the right seat and install it correctly for the age and stage of your precious cargo.
73% of car seats are not installed or used correctly so before you hit the road have a look at some safety tips for all stages and ages of tiny travelers http://tinyurl.com/olnqxut. Here are some other important facts about car seats that anyone who transports little ones will want to know:
· Do not buy a car seat unless you know its full crash history. Resist purchasing a car seat from a thrift store or from the Internet, preferably buy it from someone you know. Once a seat has been involved in a crash or is expired or broken, it needs to be replaced to provide protection.
· Set a good example by buckling up every time you get into the car, and make sure everyone else buckles up too. Kids learn by example so small travelers will learn from you.
· Never leave a child in a car unattended, not even for a minute. The temperature in a car can rise by 19 degrees in 10 minutes, so if you see a child unattended in a car please call 911 immediately.
If you are having the slightest difficulty, questions or concerns when installing a car seat, or would like to have your installation checked, there are certified safety technicians that can help. To locate a child passenger safety (CPS) technician near you, please refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm#
Every day, six children die from an injury in the home, and 10,000 go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes. Working together with Safe Kids Worldwide in the spirit of community and caring, we can all help to keep our Kingdom Kids Safe.