National Seat Check Saturday on September 29, when Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, across the Nebraska and the country, will be available at local car seat check events to offer advice and instruction to parents and caregivers.

What You Need to Know

Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts save lives

  • In 2016, among those children under age 5, car seats saved an estimated 328 lives (nationwide).

Car seats work best when used correctly

  • In passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers
  • Most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, but in most cases (59%), the seat was not installed correctly. That’s over half!

Lives lost and injuries

  • Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.
  • Every 33 seconds in 2016, one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash.
  • From 2012 to 2016, there were 3,268 children under age 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles. These numbers have been increasing steadily since 2014.
  • In 2016, over one-third (35%) of children under 13 killed in passenger vehicles were not restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.
  • Statistically, more crashes occur during “school hours” (during the day, Monday through Friday).
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