FRESNO - Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are improperly installed or misused. To help combat this issue, the Fresno Police Department and NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, 2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents, grandparents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safe as possible - every trip, every time.
Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash. Using car seats that are age/size appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe. According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. In 2015, there were 248 children under the age of 5 saved because they were riding in car seats. Car seats matter, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical.