Child Passenger Safety Week
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
Car crashes can cause both injury and death for children. This is why child passenger safety is very important. Child Passenger Safety Week is September 19-25 this year. We want to take a moment to encourage everyone to learn more about keeping children safe in cars.
Why Child Passenger Safety is Important
Riding in a vehicle is a common part of everyday life for most people. Especially in rural communities like ours where walking or bike riding are less practical. However, just because it is common, does not mean it is always safe.
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that on average two children under 13 were killed every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. An estimated 374 more were injured each day that year in vehicles. These numbers are troubling.
We encourage everyone to take child passenger safety seriously. It can make a difference!
How to Keep Children Safe in Cars
The best way to keep children safe in cars is through the proper use of seats and restraints. 38% of the children who died in vehicles crashes in 2019 were not properly restrained. Choosing the correct car seat and ensuring it is installed and used correctly are vital to child passenger safety.
There are three different types of car seats available for children. Each one is a designed to be used based on the age and size of a child. They are:
- Rear-facing car seat
- Forward-facing car seat
- Booster seat
Learn more about choosing which type of car seat to use HERE.
For detailed instructions on how to correctly install a car seat please read the instruction that come with the seat. You can also find resources and directions to a local car seat inspection site where you can get help HERE.
For more information, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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