The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 3, 2012

Safe Kids Stanly issues reminders on ways to keep children safe in vehicles


Wednesday, October 3, 2012 — Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-12 years old?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were two children killed and 325 injured every day in 2010. How could that be?

Children are required to be secured in car seats or booster seats while riding in a car or truck. In fact, using the correct child safety restraints reduces an infant’s chances for a fatal injury by 71 percent and a child’s by 54 percent in cars. What is the problem?

“It is surprising to many parents that they have not properly secured their children’s car seats,” said Adam Palmer, Stanly County Buckle Up Coordinator.  

“In fact, the data shows us that three out of four children are not as protected as they should be. This is because their car/booster seats are not correctly installed or the car/booster seats are not used properly.”

What can parents do to protect their children?

Know and follow the guidelines for properly securing a child in a car or truck. Surprisingly, some parents are not aware of the guidelines to safely transport their children in a car or truck. The guidelines below are a good start for parents to follow to provide the necessary protection for their children.

Birth to 20+ pounds and at least 1-year-old — infant seat or rear-facing car seat in the back seat. Never put a rear-facing car seat in the front seat with an airbag.

Older than 1 year, more than 20 pounds and up to 40 pounds — convertible or combination car seat.

More than 40 pounds and up to 80 pounds — forward facing high back or backless booster seat that is used with both lap and shoulder belts.

More than 80 pounds and at least 4’9” tall — lap/shoulder safety belt should be used.

Remember, children 12 and younger should ride in the back seat of the car.

Be sure you have properly installed your child’s safety seat. The Safe Kids Stanly County Coalition has set up a free permanent child passenger safety seat checking station at EMS Base One at 114 Bethany Road in Albemarle. A certified child safety seat inspector is at this location on the first and third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m-2 p.m.  

“Stop by and let us make sure your child’s safety seat is properly installed,” Palmer said.  

“It won’t take long and it could save your child’s life.”

Safe Kids Stanly County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14.

Safe Kids Stanly County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.

Safe Kids Stanly County was founded in 1992 and is led by Albemarle Fire Department.