Parents and Caregivers Reminded to Make Sure Children are Riding in a Properly Installed Car Seat or Booster Seat
ATLANTA, GA – According to an online news report at jacksonprogreess-argus.com, parents and caregivers are reminded to make sure that children are riding in a properly installed booster or car seat.*
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Public Health are urging parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat.
Local health departments, police departments, the local sheriff’s office as well as others are hosting completely free checks of car seats. They are also holding classes geared towards car seat and booster seat safety. “Child passenger safety seats are designed to protect our youngest passengers in the event of a crash, but these seats cannot work as designed when they are not installed correctly,” the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety noted. “We want to ensure all the children who are under 8 years of age are riding in a correctly installed safety seat that is appropriate for their age and size.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), data indicates that about 50% of all child passenger safety seats are not properly installed. Additionally, children under the age of thirteen were in an accident every 32 seconds back in 2017.
Under Georgia law, children must be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their weight and height until they reach the age of eight. According to research conducted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, car seats decrease the likelihood of a fatal injury by over 70% with infants and more than 50% with toddlers riding in a passenger vehicle. The NHTSA indicates that sixteen lives were saved by the proper restraint of child passengers age 4 and under back in 2017.
If you are interested in learning more about car seat safety, check out our Child Passenger Safety Program. You may also visit the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety website for more information on Georgia's car seat laws.
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