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Child Passenger Safety




Last week, September 17-23, was Child Passenger Safety Week.  Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children. In 2015 alone, 1,346 children under the age of 15 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That's an average of more than three children every day.  Properly securing children in safety seats goes a long way in keeping them safer.

  • Take advantage of car seat safety checks.
  •  If you're pregnant, schedule a car seat installation with a certified child passenger safety technician before the child is born.
  • Children should ride in the back seat at least through age 12.
  • If your kids complain about wearing seat belts, don't negotiate; don't drive off until they buckle up.
  • Always be consistent and wear your seat belt; driver safety belt use strongly influences whether your child will buckle up.
  • All 50 states require child seats with specific criteria.  The national Safety Council provides a list of child passenger safety laws by state, but too often, state laws don't go far enough.
  • The life of a car seat is from six to eight years; recalls for child seat manufacturers for the past 10 years can be found at sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Air bags can save the lives of older children and adults, but they can be fatal for young children.

If there is anything we can do in regards to assisting with your child safety seat, please to contact us at the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office located at (828) 884-3168, or feel free to stop by and see us as 153 Public Safety Way in Brevard.

Source:  National Safety Council