9/23/20 - Everyday, parents and caregivers in our community use car seats to transport children to and from their daily activities. However, many car seats are not installed correctly, which can be a critical factor if they are involved in a crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injury due to transportation is the leading cause of death for children in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children be in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, at least until the child reaches the height or weight limit allowed for the specific car seat. The next step is transitioning to a forward-facing seat with a harness and using a tether if available. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing requirements, they must use a booster seat until the child is eight years old or 4’9” tall. All children under the age of 13 should always sit in the back seat of the car.(read more)