Wednesday, September 23, 2020

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (46%) of car seats are misused. Therefore, NHTSA and other agencies across the country are promoting Child Passenger Safety Week from September 20, 2020 through September 26, 2020. This campaign helps parents and caregivers make sure their children are properly secured while riding in a vehicle.

According to NHTSA, every 32 seconds in 2018, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. In 2018, approximately one third (33%) of children under 13 killed in passenger vehicles were not restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. NHTSA’s website has a tool that helps parents find the right car seat for children. Just fill out the child’s age, height, and weight to find out which car seat type is the best that fit (NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder Tool Link).

The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) has two certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on hand that can provide free education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. The Technicians can help educate parents about choosing the right car seat for a child, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle, and using that seat correctly every time. They can also discuss the importance of registering that car seat with its manufacturer, and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall. If you are interested, please contact Causeway’s Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *27 on a cellular phone) to coordinate.