Is your child buckled up properly? Surprisingly, in 59 percent of cases, children’s car seats are used incorrectly.
September 20 to 26 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, raising awareness about the importance of choosing the right car seat for your child, installing it correctly, and buckling up properly. It could save your child’s life.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) encourages you to follow these important steps to choose the right seat, install it correctly, and keep your child safe.
Find the Right Car Seat
- Learn about these four car seat types
- Follow NHTSA’s car seat recommendations based on your child’s age and size
- Find and compare car seats and ease-of-use-ratings using NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder
Install Your Car Seat Correctly
- Understand the parts and tips used for installation
- Follow these detailed car seat installation instructions and videos
- Get your car seat inspected at a station nearest you
Keep Your Child Safe
- Register your car seat and sign up for recall notices to receive safety updates
Car Seat Questions? Or Need a Car Seat?
- The Center for Safe Alaskans is hosting 30-minute virtual car seat sessions on Thursdays throughout September. Sessions are presented by a nationally certified Child Safety Technician. A limited number of car seats are available for distribution. Register here.
- Many police and fire departments have certified Child Safety Passenger Technicians available to conduct a free check of your car seat and teach you how to install it correctly in your car. Click here to find a list of car seat checkup locations across Alaska.