Car seats not being installed correctly is a major concern for child passenger safety week, which is Sept. 18-24.
“Fifty-nine percent of car seats are installed incorrectly,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, citing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Every day on average, 2,600 children under the age [of] 13 are involved in a car crash. That’s one child every 33 seconds.”
In Arizona there were 19 children killed in 2014 and 19 in 2015 in car crashes, which means people aren’t getting it.
“We know that child safety seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers,” Carr said.
Safe Kids Worldwide has put together a guide, after nearly two million car seat inspections, to give kids the best protection, Carr added.
The Ultimate Car Seat Guide has tips to help parents avoid the common mistakes made when purchasing and installing a car seat. It also has information on when is the right age to change car seats.
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