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Child Safety Seats

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car safety seats on the market, it's no wonder many parents find this overwhelming.

The type of seat your child needs depends on several things including your child's size and the type of vehicle you have. To be sure your child is using the most appropriate seat, read on.

To see a list of car safety seats and safety seat manufacturers, click here.
43% Of Children Who Died From Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained
NPR: 43% of children who were in a car crash where someone died were not buckled in properly or were not wearing a seat belt at all.

And child fatality rates in deadly car crashes vary widely by state.

The results add evidence to the argument that state regulations and public information tactics can affect motor vehicle safety for kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that, for example, seat belt use across all age groups is higher in states with more stringent seat belt enforcement laws.

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2016 Child Passenger Safety Week / National Seat Check Saturday Campaign Materials

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Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

For children ages 1 to 13, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death. In 2014, an average of three children were killed and 458 injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. Let's work together to help spread the word about child passenger safety, and help parents and caregivers choose and use #TheRightSeat.

Use this toolkit to download campaign materials and get information on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community.

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NHTSA highlights seat belts and car seats during Child Passenger Safety Week

“Risking the safety of future generations by letting children ride unrestrained is not acceptable,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Seat belts and car seats save lives, and need to be used on every trip.”

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Winter Car Seat Dangers - WSFA

WBRC (Hoover, AL) has released some tips for how to use child car seats in the winter.  It is important to use car seats properly when children are wearing winter jackets. 

For more info Click Here.
Alabama's Child Passenger Safety Resource
Cpsalabama.org is an excellent resource for child passenger safety information for the state of Alabama. The site's interactive tools allow users to obtain local contact information for CPS coordinators. 

Click HERE for more information and resources on child passenger safety in the State of Alabama.

Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat?

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Use this toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community.

Click here and get your campaign materials now.

Coming soon: Spanish-language earned media, social media graphics, and material to promote car seat registration at events.

Kids In Hot Cars

Help Us Save Kids From Heatstroke

Leaving kids alone in cars is not only illegal in many States but, on a warm day, it's downright lethal ... so lethal that 605 children died in hot cars between 1998 and 2013. Already this year, 15 children have died from heatstroke after being left in a car. Effects of heat are more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and under. Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle.

Did you know that in just 2 minutes a car can rise from a safe 80º to an unsafe 94º?

Elapsed Time  Feels Like
0 min 80º 
10 min 99º
30 min 114º
60 min 123º

Safety Tips
  • NEVER leave your child or pet unattended in a car (even with the windows down).
  • ALWAYS make sure all children (and pets) have left the car. Never leave a sleeping infant in the car.
  • Make sure safety restraints aren't too hot before securing your child
 NHTSA is asking you to help us raise awareness about the dangers of kids and cars through a concerted day-long social mediaconversation. We’re asking our State and safety partners to tweet and post on Facebook every 30 minutes on July 31st from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.@NHTSAgov will be using the hash tags #checkforbaby and #heatstrokekills on all its social media posts, and we’d like you to do the same. Click here and join us Thursday, July 31st, on this Social Media conversation.

Click here to learn how, by habitually checking all the seats in your car before locking the door, you can save a child's life.