Is your child in an appropriate car seat? This national week reminds all young children caregivers of the importance of buckling children in a proper child restraint.
In 2019, 13 children less than eight years of age died, and 52 suffered serious injuries as occupants in Missouri’s motor vehicle crashes. Thirty-five percent of the children killed and seriously injured were not properly restrained in an appropriate seat.
Missouri law requires all children under 8 years of age to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat, unless:
- • They are at least 80 pounds; or
- • They are at least 4’9” tall.
However, highway safety professionals recommend children remain in an appropriate child safety seat until they meet all three criteria. Furthermore, experts strongly encourage children to remain in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 or as long as the car seat’s height and weight specifications allow.
Also, remember that car seats have expiration dates. Due to the extreme heat and cold, the car seats can break down over time. Used car seats can also be dangerous, especially not knowing the seat’s history.
Most hospitals require vehicles have a child safety seat before releasing a newborn into the mother’s care. Many have programs that assist new parents who can’t afford to purchase one.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, visit saveMOlives.com or follow Save MO Lives on social media. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety provided this information.