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September 2013
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When used properly, car and booster seats save young lives. But more often than not, parents install child safety seats incorrectly. Heed these common mistakes and take advantage of the resources highlighted in this issue of You Should Know.

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Child Passenger Safety Week Starts Sept. 15

Five Common Mistakes to Avoid with Child Safety Seats

Car seat
Nearly one-third of parents stop using rear-facing car seats too soon. See inside.

Becoming a parent means taking an unspoken vow to protect your child from harm starting on day one. So unless you plan to walk home from the hospital, it’s important to choose the right car seat and have it properly installed long before that first contraction.

This month’s You Should Know highlights the five most common mistakes made by almost every parent with car safety seats. Avoid these miscues and safeguard your children while on the road, knowing that a simple check now will create long-term peace of mind – until the kids start driving, that is!

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7 in 10

While 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, research shows that seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained.

Source: Child Passenger Safety Overview, Seatcheck.org

71 & 54
Correctly installed child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers riding in passenger cars.

Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Data, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (download)
Car crashes are the number one killer of children ages 1 through 13 in the United States.

Source: Car Seats, Parents Central, Safercar.gov

Parents Central Is a Gateway for Car Seat Resources

Learn how to choose and properly install the car or booster seat that fits your child and your car at Parents Central. Instructional videos are available in addition to extensive educational resources.

Local Experts Will Check Your Car Seat Installation

The Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will help you find certified technicians who will inspect your child car seat and demonstrate correct installation and use. In most cases, there is no charge for this service.

App Encourages Correct Car Seat Selection

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a car seat check app that makes it easy for a parent to find the correct seat for his or her child. Products are broken down by age, height and weight, and also include recent recall information.

Look Before You Lock

An average of 38 kids die each year from heatstroke after being left in a hot car. The “Where’s Baby” campaign was started to prevent these tragedies.

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