15 Sep 3 Facts to Know for National Child Passenger Safety Week
National Child Passenger Safety Week, which takes place from Sept. 13th through Sept. 19th, is a campaign dedicated to protecting the nation’s children as they ride in vehicles.
Sponsored by Safe Kids and supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Child Passenger Safety Week is mainly geared towards educating parents about how to keep their kids safe as vehicle passengers and, in doing so, minimize the risk they will be injured in the event of a crash.
To support this campaign, below, we will point out some important facts to know for National Child Passenger Safety Week and beyond. If you or a loved one needs help financially recovering after a car accident or use of defective product, however, don’t hesitate to contact a seasoned Phoenix personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Richard Langerman.
What Parents Should Know for National Child Passenger Safety Week
1 – Registering a child’s car seat can be a life-saving move.
This is because, as the NHTSA points out, registering a child’s car seat allows manufacturers to directly communicate with parents about safety recalls impacting that car seat. This, in turn, means that parents will be equipped to take action ASAP, getting the car seat fixed so that it does not place a child at an unnecessary risk of harm in the event of a collision.
As Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, has explained:
The single best way for parents to learn about a recall is to register their car seat with the manufacturer. Unfortunately, this important first step doesn’t happen nearly enough… During Child Passenger Safety week, we want to remind all parents to register their car seats and take action when a recall occurs. This is a cost-free remedy the manufacturer provides — and must provide — to protect your child.
2 – While most parents agree that registering child car seats is important, fewer than half ever take this step.
In fact, a study led by Safe Kids and General Motorist found that, while about 80 percent of parents agree that registering a child’s car seat is important, just over 40 percent ultimately make the effort to complete this registration.
Such poor follow through has led the NHTSA to point out that:
- Registering car seats is easy.
- While parents can complete this registration online (through the manufacturer’s website or the NHTSA), they can also do so by mailing in the card that comes with new car seats.
- It’s never too late to register a seat.
3 – Car seats are commonly recalled, and the NHTSA has a tool to help inform parents about these recalls.
In 2014 alone, about 6 million Graco car seats were recalled due to defects that caused the latches to stick shut and, consequently, create a trap-like hazard for children in the event of a collision.
In light of this – and the fact that future child car seat recalls will likely happen, the NHTSA wants all parents to know that it has a recall lookup tool that parents can use to check if their child’s car seat has been affected by a recall.
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