Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children. It is said that seven out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in. In some cases it is a result of neglectful behavior of the adult but more often it is a case of not being aware. Many parents don’t realize that their child isn’t properly buckled in. They may not understand how important a booster seat is in ensuring that children fit safely in the vehicle’s seat belt.
This past Saturday, the Jackson County Health Department and Altus Fire and Rescue held a free child safety seat check to help Altus families keep their children safe in the car. Members of the Health Department and Fire and Rescue inspected car seats, properly installed car seats and issued car seats. Having your child’s car seat or booster seat inspected can be the life saving element in the case of an accident.
Did you know?
Using a booster seat is 60 percent safer for kids than being restrained by a seat belt alone.
Children of all ages are the safest properly restrained in the back seat. Yet, six out of 10 drivers of children age 12 or under believe it is safe for children age 12 or under to sit in the front seat where they are in front of a passenger air bag.
Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers, ages 1-4.
Know your state law
In Oklahoma, any child under six-years-old must be in a child restraint. A child weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a vehicle wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt. Additional seat belt coverage for ages six through 13 must be used.
Don’t take the chance, have your child’s car seat inspected by visiting the Jackson County Health Department or Fire Department.
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