Child Passenger Safety Week: Sept 15 – 21, 2013

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under, more than 1,400 child occupants died in 2005. Furthermore, more than 203,000 children ages 14 and under were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2005. On an average day, four children under the age of 14 are killed, and approximately 600 are injured in motor vehicle crashes here in the United States. In Indiana, over 5,000 child injuries occurred in motor vehicle collisions in 2007, 49 of which were fatal.

One glaring reason for the high number of injuries and fatalities is because children are still traveling in motor vehicles unrestrained or not properly restrained in Indiana.

Indiana Child Restraint Law (Effective July 1, 2005)

  • Children are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint, which can include a belt positioning booster seat, until they reach their 8th birthday. (This does not include shoulder belt positioners.)
  • Children at least 8 years old until their 16th birthday are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint system or seat belt in all seating positions in all vehicles.

Car Seat Clinic by Kosciusko Co Safe Kids September 21, 2013- 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Warsaw AutoPlex, 2777 N. SR 15, Warsaw, IN 4658

What You Need To Know About 2nd Hand Child Safety Seats -A second hand child safety seat can put your child at risk if you do not know the history of the seat. Used child safety seats purchased at garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops do not come with guarantees of their condition or crash history. Click here to learn more about child safety seats involved in a crash. If you do not know the history of a child seat, you should not use it. If you know the history of a second hand child safety seat, make sure it meets the following guidelines before you use it: http://ow.ly/o5PMk

Is Your Child Safety Seat installed correctly? Is your child installed in the safety seat correctly? Stop by a permanent fitting station and have a trained technician check! It could save a life.