Child Safety: Are Your Young Passengers Protected?

See how some states are working to raise awareness on the best ways to keep your precious cargo safe.

On Monday, Safe Kids Worldwide kicked off National Child Passenger Safety Week by debuting their latest study, “Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time.”

The study, which was funded by the General Motors Foundation, found that 25 percent of the parents surveyed had driven without buckling in their kids.

Busy parents had familiar excuses for skipping seatbelts or securing car seats: driving short distances, being rushed, or traveling overnight. But whether you’re headed to the corner store or across the country, making sure your child is securely buckled into their seat should never be optional.

The number of child fatalities from car accidents has fallen over 50 percent since the late ‘80s (a trend that likely started when states began requiring car seats for young kids), but it still remains the number one cause of death for kids ages 1 to 12.

So what can you do to make sure your young passengers are safe? Here are some key ways to protect your precious cargo before hitting the road.

Get child seats checked

Child seat safety inspections are held throughout the year, but many organizations will host additional events this week to help parents ensure their child safety seats are properly installed.

Safe Kids Worldwide is also sponsoring Seat Check Saturday on September 21, with over 500 events nationwide

Know where to go for recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps tabs on all safety issues for child seats. Not only will you be able to get more information on specific product recalls, but you can also see complaints about products, making it a helpful resource if you’re in the market for a new child seat.

Know the rules

In addition to ensuring you’re familiar with the child safety laws in your state, check out the CDC’s recommendations for child passengers. Although booster seats are only required until the age of 7 in many states, the CDC recommends that they be used until the child is at least 9 years old. Of course, you can also check out our expert child safety tips.

Buckle up every time

And now the lecture: No distance is short enough to warrant gambling with your child’s safety or your own. In addition to securing your child passengers during every ride, you too should be fastening your seatbelt. Not only does wearing your seatbelt reduce serious injuries in an accident by 50 percent, but it also makes an impression on young passengers. According to the CDC, kids whose parents passed on seatbelts were about 40 percent less likely to wear one themselves. Kids learn by example, so make sure you’re setting the right one.

Related links

The Safest Seat in the Car: You Might Be Surprised
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28 Responses to “Child Safety: Are Your Young Passengers Protected?”

  1. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    It's very important to know weight limits on car seats to protect your children

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    shane gillespie
    September 20, 2013 #

    Child safety is one of the most important subjects in my opinion!

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    Laurie Barber
    September 20, 2013 #

    Love my insurance company. .

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    Laurie Barber
    September 20, 2013 #

    Insurance is what I want in an emergency. .

  5. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    When I had my first child the hospital had someone check my car seat to confirm it was safe. That was 9 years ago. I had a baby 3 months ago and they didn't even check to see if I had a car seat. I think its important they do check just in case someone is not educated about safety with using caraeats.

  6. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    Thanks for the great tips! I'll be sure and keep these in mind when driving my niece and nephews :)

  7. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    Thanks for the tips. I have 3 grandkids to protect.

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    Ed Wright
    September 20, 2013 #

    It should be mandatory for hospitals to check for a car seat before discharging a newborn. GO TIGERS!!

  9. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    young children are so impressionable. Its important to show them that never taking shortcuts because of laziness or etc. is the best way to be safe.

  10. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    my children are 30 and 21 – i was not allowed to take either of them out of the hospital unless they were put into a car seat.

  11. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    I rarely have my great niece or nephew with me and the tips good, they usually have their seat and I just put it in.

  12. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 20, 2013 #

    My sister is searching for a car seat for her grandchild to keep in her car at all times.

  13. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 21, 2013 #

    Always , Children Safety Is A Must .

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    Richard Henry
    September 21, 2013 #

    As a professional driver, I have witnessed every kind of concern and apathy for their children's safety. In all cases awareness and consciousness are the main drivers for doing what it takes to strap in the kids.

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    Lois Wright
    September 21, 2013 #

    Having your child securely placed in your car or truck,is a concern every parent should have. But you have those parents that care about themselves more than any other person even their own offspring. I love my children and will give them every opportunity to be the best possible person they can be. I started doing that the day they were born, by feeding them right,taking them to a good doctor and putting them in a good car seat and getting that car seat checked regularly

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    Stephanie k
    September 21, 2013 #

    Very good tips! I'll share with my friends who are parents!

  17. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 21, 2013 #

    Buckling up was a family 'rule' when the kids were young. I am happy to see that even as teenagers and young adults ages 27 to 16, they all still buckle up on their own

  18. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 21, 2013 #

    I agree that checking to make sure the seats are safe is a great idea. I like to see when the local police departments do this in central Florida. When they do this they give out many child safety seats to families that might not be able to get a good one any other way which can be more than a simple blessing to a family in cases of a crash.

  19. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 21, 2013 #

    Always great tips from Esurance!

  20. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 21, 2013 #

    We have a one year old daughter and had to take a CPR/car seat class before we could be discharged from the hospital. I learned a lot such as there should be nothing in car seat other than the child and what comes with car seat. The accessories that you buy in store are not thoroughly tested nor are the manufacturers regulated for safety.

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