6 Tips for Child Passenger Safety Week

As parents, we worry about nearly every aspect our child's life. While everything from sports injuries to dog bites scares us, the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old is car crashes. And according to the NHTSA, 35 percent of the children killed in car crashes in 2015 were not secured correctly.

What can we do to protect our kids? Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17 – 23) is the perfect time to brush up on some life-saving tips.

  • Kids should remain in car seats or booster seats until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, or when the seatbelt fits them correctly.
  • Children shouldn't ride in the front seat until they are 13 years old, because of the force of the airbag.
  • Type of car seat used depends on the child's height and weight. Age ranges are approximations.
  • Rear-facing seats should be used until 3 years old, or longer if they have not outgrown the seat.
  • Forward-facing seats used from approximately 4 to 7 years of age.
  • Booster seats should be used for older children until the seatbelts fit correctly without it.
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