The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared the week of September 19 through 25, 2010 as Child Passenger Safety Week, and Saturday, September 25 as National Seat Check Saturday.
According to NHTSA, the leading cause of death of children between the ages 3 to 14 is car accidents. The car accident attorneys of Auger & Auger want your children to be safe and encourage you to bring your vehicle, car seat, and child for a child safety seat inspection by a certified technician. If your child’s car seat is improperly installed, the technician will demonstrate the proper way to install and use it.
NHTSA has also found that when properly used, child safety seats decrease fatalities in children under 1 year old by 71%, and 54% in children between the ages of 1 through 4. For more information on which restraint is appropriate for your child, click here.
Of the 45 children that died as the result of a car accident in North Carolina in 2008, more than half (25) were between the ages 8 through 14. North Carolina law requires all vehicle passengers under the age of 16 to wear a seatbelt, regardless of where they are sitting in the vehicle.