Did you know November is Child Safety and Injury Prevention Month? This month is sponsored by the National PTA and aims to protect our children from harm through education and awareness. This fits in with our desire to preserve the good and prevent the rest, so we wanted to take a moment to review child safety guidelines for cars and motor vehicles. According to NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association), the risk of injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) is reduced by 50% when lap/shoulder belts are worn. Child safety seats for children less than one year old reduce fatal injury by 71% and by 54% for children ages one to four. Clearly, a few small precautionary measures can make a big difference and save lives.
Additionally, all 50 states have laws regarding child passenger safety, but the laws do vary by state so it's important to stay informed on the rules for your state. Check the most current guidelines on the Governors Highway Safety Association website.