Proper Car Seat Use Improves Auto Safety

Putnam County Department of Health

1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509

845-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Michelle Martine, 845-808-1400 x 44122

Proper Car Seat Use Improves Auto Safety

BREWSTER, NY—Every September, National Child Passenger Safety Week is observed and it is a good time to review motor vehicle safety issues. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children, from 1 through 12 years of age. Improper use of car restraints is part of the problem. The group estimates that 3 out of 4 children are not as secure as they should be, because their car seats are being incorrectly used.

The age, height and weight of the child all play a role in knowing when to transition to the next level. Children should start out in a rear-facing car seat, and then move to a forward-facing one, a booster seat, and finally a regular seat belt.

Recommendations from the NHTSA include:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size. Choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions. Read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

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Luckily, there are a couple local of police stations that will provide car seat checks to make sure the car or booster seat is properly installed and fits the child. Both the Carmel (628-1300) and Kent Police (225-4600) Departments along with the Sherriff’s Department conduct once a month car seat clinics. Call for date, time and location. Car seat checks are also conducted at the Annual Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day, held in the spring.

Keep in mind that New York has child passenger safety laws and fines for a first offense range up to $100, three plus points on a driver’s license, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association and NY DMV website.

For more information, visit the “Parents Central” section of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/Home.htm

For more information on the CAC please visit the Putnam County website at http://www.putnamcountyny.com  and under “Departments” select Child Advocacy Center. Or visit our social media site on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/putnamcac

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Contact:  Michelle Martine, 845-808-1400 x 44122