Monday, August 26, 2013

Keeping Kids Safe Around Motor Vehicles

Believe it or not, 3 out of every 4 car seats is used incorrectly. As a result, one of the leading causes of death for children 1-13 is vehicle crashes.  

In order to help keep kids safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") has released a booklet, "A Parent's Guide to Playing it Safe with Kids and Cars".  This booklet is designed to equip parents with easy-to-understand information about today’s vehicle safety features, car seats and how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles.

According to NHTSA, the top 4 things that you should always remember about kids and cars is:
(1) Use a car seat for every trip, even when you're just going down the street;
(2) Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and always follow the manufacturer's directions;
(3) Make sure your car seat is compatible with your vehicle by checking the car seat manufacturer’s instructions;
(4) Keep kids in the back seat at least through age 12.
So, keep your kids safe!  To read the complete booklet, click here, then click on the PDF link for the booklet.
Beth Wells

Helping Consumers Get Rid of Lemons, 9 Years Running

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