September 15 -21, 2019 Child Passenger Safety Week – Is your child in the right seat?

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 15-21, with a Seat Check Saturday on September 21st providing an opportunity for parents, caregivers and guardians to ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly.

The most important task of a parent or caregiver is to keep their children safe. That means in the family car, van or even grandma or grandpa’s car. Everyone needs to be buckled in correctly and in the appropriate car seat for age and size. In Nebraska, children must ride in a booster seat to age 8 and rear facing until age 2.

You have a long list of things you do for your children every day because you love them. Making sure your children are safe, are in the right car seats or booster seats, and that they are used correctly every time, should be at the very top of that list.

We don’t need to remind you, that motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children 12 and younger. From 2013-2017, there were 3,313 children killed while riding in cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs.

That is why events such as Child Passenger Safety Week are important community events to support parents and caregivers as they learn about proper car seat installation, and how to use car seats correctly. Technicians can also discuss car seat selection with parents, if parents have questions about transitioning their child to another type of seat.  

No matter their age, your children rely on you to keep them safe. When traveling, the best ways to protect them are to place them in the right car seats for their ages and sizes, to install the seats correctly, and to ensure that the car seats fit properly in the back seat of your vehicle – every single time.

For a list of the CPS Inspection Stations in our state visit: https://dot.nebraska.gov/media/6715/ne-inspection-stations.pdf

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