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Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week 2017 is Sept. 23 – 29– with “National Seat Check Saturday” occurring Sept. 29. This week is designed to bring awareness to the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. The goal is to ensure children are secured properly in appropriate seats – every trip, every time. Find a local seat check event.

As many as 3 out of 4 child safety seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Failure to read the child safety seat instructions, in addition to vehicle owner’s manual instructions regarding installation, could result in serious injury or death as a result of a failure of the child safety seat to be securely and/or properly restrained.

For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection station and refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size:

  1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat.

  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).

  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

 

And remember, children under the age of 13 should remain buckled up in the backseat.

 

Resources

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) - Child Passenger Safety Program

ODH – Ohio Booster Seat Law

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Child Passenger Safety

Updated: 10/16/2018