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Important!!! Child and Tween Car Seat Safety #KidsBuckleUp

(This is a social good post from the Ad Council. All opinions are those of our own)

Everything Mommyhood teams up with the ad council a few times a year, and this happens to be one of our favorites to share on our blog as it’s so important. Car Seat Safety is important for my kids and your kids too, and I think a lot of parents and caregivers don’t research a lot about it, so I try to spread awareness as much as I can.

Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. For younger children, car seats can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury – but over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly. For older children, buckling up is critical. A full 50% of children age 8-14 who were killed in car crashes from 2011-2015 were not restrained.

That’s why we want parents and caregivers to know about the importance of making sure their child is safely restrained—whether that’s selecting the right car seat for their child’s age and size, or making sure that older kids (8-14) always buckle their seat belts and sit in the backseat.

As parents, we all want to do the right thing to keep our children safe and sound.  This spring, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs to address these important issues.  First, is the up to date car seat safety information like the tips found in the fun new video series “The Wide World of Car Seats.”

It’s so important to have your child in the right car seat, and I know how important it is. I wish parents would cheer each other on when it came to having your child in the right seat like we cheer our children on at sporting events. I love to see encouragement and education of the right way to use car seats.

The right car seat can make all the difference in a motor vehicle crash. And car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.  But despite their best intentions, many parents may not realize their child isn’t in the right seat.  For example, many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon. To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat.

And just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing down, your child becomes a “tween” and you enter a whole new world.  To help with travel safety, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs featuring characters from Fox’s upcoming summer road trip adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The PSAs remind parents and caregivers that even if kids argue and plead, parents should stand firm and always insist that their kids buckle up and sit in the back seat (the safest place for kids under the age of 13).

My kids know how important car seat safety is. They know they must be buckled before the car moves, no matter who they are driving with. My 5 year old is still harnessed, and my 8 year old is in a booster seat and will be for awhile.

Per data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 69,000 tweens are injured every year in car crashes and 61% of 14-year-old children killed in 2015 car crashes were unrestrained at the time of the crash.  Even though life as a parent is full of compromises, seat belt safety should never be up for negotiation. That’s why the new PSAs encourage us to: “Never give up until they buckle up!”

For more information or if you need more tips to convince your tween to buckle up, visit SaferCar.gov/KidsBuckleUp.  If you have a great tip, join the conversation on social media using: #KidsBuckleUp.

Rosie

Friday 14th of July 2017

We grew up before people wore seat belts, I don't even remember if they were there to put on. I'm glad that more people are paying closer attention to safety for the children, tweens, teens, and adults, too. It is too easy to have an accident nowadays.

Jo-Ann Brightman

Sunday 30th of April 2017

This is such important information for all parents. Whether the child is in a car seat or not everyone need to be buckled in. The car seat must be correctly attached and put in backwards for a long as possible.

Sandra Watts

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Thanks for sharing this. I have 4 young grand children.

Rachael DeBates

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

thankfully my son is out of a car seat!

Hannah C

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Car safety is so important! I think it's great for everyone to be reminded!