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Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
During national Child Passenger Safety Week from September 13 to 19, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will use social media: Twitter (https://twitter.com/WisconsinDOT) @WisconsinDOT; Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WisDOT) and other messaging to remind adults that consistent and proper use of child safety restraints in vehicles can be a matter of life or death.
“The best way to protect children in vehicles is to put them in the right seat and use it the right way,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.
To help determine the proper safety seat (based on a child’s age and size) and how to use it, WisDOT offers an instructional video available on its website at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/ChildSafetySeats/.
“The installation and proper use of child safety seats can be confusing, and the types and placement of child safety seats change as your child grows. The Zero In Wisconsin video on ‘How to Properly Use Child Safety Seats in Wisconsin’ provides easy-to-follow instructions. It also will be a great reference resource as your child grows,” Pabst says. “We hope that everyone who transports children will use our video to help ensure they are fully protecting their precious passengers.”
A list of child passenger safety information resources, including locations for car seat safety checks, is available online at: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/child-safety/resources.aspx.