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Is Your Child Safe in the Car?

Posted Oct 24 2009 10:00pm

In September, I wrote to tell you about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Child Passenger Safety Week. Even though the use of child safety seats is at an all-time high -- 99 percent of children ages 0-12 months old were secured last year, as were 92 percent of children ages 1-3 years old and 89 percent of 4-7-year-olds -- three out of every four seats are used incorrectly.

Therefore, the NHTSA would like parents to know that there are wonderful resources available for free all year round to help them make safe choices about car seats and to use their car seats properly for maximum safety. They include:

- Twitter: An actual safety expert mans the @ChildSeatSafety account on Twitter, and they will continue to answer any questions that parents have about child passenger safety.

- Facebook: NHTSA has a Facebook page at http://facebook.com/childpassengersafety where parents can learn about everything from the LATCH program to locating inspection offices.

- Website: The Ad Council and the NHTSA have created a site with all the resources parents need to keep their smallest passengers safe at http://childcarsafety.adcouncil.org/. You can find your local inspection station, watch instructional videos, and even take a fun quiz!

Please click on the brief video below for valuable information on child passenger safety! (Email readers, please click on the title of this article to access the video on my blog.)






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