Child Passenger Safety Week September 23-29
September 14, 2018
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week September 23-29. This is a time to stop and ensure that our children are safe while on the roads. It's really important to double check that you set up your child's car seat correctly. Nearly half are not. Littleton Regional Healthcare offers a car seat inspection station at its Sauter Birthing Suite. To schedule an inspection, you may call 603-444-9567.
Child safety seats are not just for very young children. Starting January 1, 2014, New Hampshire law (RSA265:107-a) requires that its children ride in an appropriate safety seat until they are 7 years old or 57 inches tall (whichever comes first).
When is a child ready for just a seat belt? Here are the requirements:
- Your child must be able to set all the way back against the vehicle seat.
- Your child's knees must bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat.
- The seatbelt must cross the shoulder between the neck and the arm.
- The lap belt must be as low as possible and touch the thighs.
- The child must stay seated like this for the whole trip.
If you answered "no" to any of these, your child is not ready for a seatbelt.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in children. More than one out of three (1/3) of those children were not buckled at all. Do your part in keeping our children safe. For more information, point your browser to the NHTSA webpages at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.
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