National child passenger safety week is coming to an end, but keeping your child safe in the vehicle is not.
Experts use this week to advise parents and caregivers of the proper way children should be fastened safely in the car.
Sanford Health Child Injury Prevention Coordinator, Bobbi Paper, notes three main steps you should follow to make sure your child is in their car seat correctly.
Complementary car seat safety checks are offered every Thursday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 at the Sandford Safety Shop, 601 39th St. N. Fargo. You're asked to call: 701-234-5570 and make an appointment before arriving.
From the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
This year marks 30 years since Minnesota first passed its child passenger safety laws in 1982. That year, less than 20 percent of the 11 infants (ages 0-3) killed in crashes were known to be properly restrained in a child safety seat, and only 22 percent of the 387 injured were restrained.
The success of the car seat laws and increased use of child restraints has made a dramatic impact on child safety over the years, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety data:
"There is no debate when it comes to the benefits of child seats," says Heather Darby, child passenger safety programs coordinator at DPS. "Parents and caregivers have a huge responsibility to ensure their children are safe when they ride and step one is using the right seat that's correctly installed."
Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 16–22
Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week is Sept. 16–22, and DPS is emphasizing the importance of correct child safety restraint and booster seat use to keep children safe while riding in a vehicle. In Minnesota, three out of four child restraints are used incorrectly — meaning children are riding in the wrong restraint or it is not properly secured.
Parents and caregivers may visit buckleupkids.mn.gov for instructional videos for installing and using various car seats, and to find a local car seat check location.
Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes
Officials find these common safety seat errors:
Booster-Age Children (4–7) Fatal and Injury Crash Facts, 2007–2011 in Minnesota: