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Would your child's car seat pass inspection?

Contact: Shannon Cordingly, Public Information Officer, 970-376-7000

Securing your children properly in age-and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash.  In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

Among child passengers under age 5, child restraints saved the lives of an estimated 244 children in 2008 alone.  From 1975 through 2008, restraints (child safety seats or adult seat belts) are credited with saving the lives of 8,959 children.

Because child safety seats do save lives, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico require their use.  Even so, motor vehicle traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older.

The good news is that a majority of parents buckle up their children in child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts.  However, according to the U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly, which is a grave risk when traveling.

For a child safety seat to do its job right, it has to be:

  • Appropriate for your child’s age and size;
  • Installed properly in your vehicle; and
  • Adjusted to fit your child securely.

If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t hesitate to contact the child passenger seat check location closest to you to have a certified child passenger safety technician inspect your child’s safety seat — and provide hands-on advice and instruction.  Even if you’ve had your child’s seat inspected before, it never hurts to have a refresher. So take advantage of free, by-appointment, local seat checks available year round.