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September 08, 2009 12:00 AM
Car Seat Checks to be Held Sept. 12
Parents and Caregivers Should Get Their Child Safety Seats Inspected

Child passenger safety technicians will provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education on Sept. 12 at locations across Missouri. A list of car seat inspection stations and locations for the car seat checkups can be found at http://www.savemolives.com/.

Car crashes are the number one killer of children.  During the last three years in Missouri, 56 children were killed and 437 more suffered disabling injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed.

"We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."

Sept. 12 is National Seat Check Saturday and launches Child Passenger Safety Week from September 12-19. The week includes education on proper safety seat installation and use as well as increased law enforcement cracking down on Missouri's child safety seat law violators.

"Properly securing your child in a safety seat is about more than following the law," said Leanna Depue. "Safety seats prevent serious injury and could save your child's life."

Missouri law requires all children under eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat, unless:

·        They are at least 80 pounds.

·        They are at least 4'9" tall.

For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers should refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:

  1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall).
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall) they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

For more information, visit saveMOlives.com or www.twitter.com/saveMOlives.

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