Child Passenger Safety Week — September 15-21, 2019
Child Passenger Safety Week highlights the safety benefit for children who are correctly secured in the right child restraint (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat with a harness, belt-positioning booster seat or seat belt) appropriate for a child’s age and size. The campaign is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time.
Every year, children are tragically injured or killed in car crashes. In fact, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. On average, in 2017, two children under 13 years of age were killed every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. While fatalities and injuries decreased in 2017 from 2016 – an eight percent decrease in fatalities and an estimated 19 percent decrease in injuries – there is still more work to be done to eliminate these preventable tragedies. The fundamentals of child passenger safety – seat selection, direction, location, installation and harnessing – are more important than ever.
In Pennsylvania from 2013 – 2017, 82 percent of the children under age 4 who were involved in crashes and restrained in a car seat sustained no injury (2017 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics). The data is evidence that deaths and injuries can be prevented by correctly using car seats, boosters and seat belts.
Pennsylvania’s Occupant Protection Law for Children
- All children from birth to age 4 must be secured in a car seat anywhere in the vehicle.
- Children younger than age 2 must be secured rear-facing, until they outgrow the maximum weight and height of the car seat.
- All children 4 years of age and older, but less than 8 years, must be secured in a seat belt and an appropriate booster seat anywhere in the vehicle.
- All children 8 years of age and older, but less than 18 years of age, must be secured in a seat belt system anywhere in the vehicle.
- All drivers are responsible for securing children in the appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
The PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are committed to working closely with our partners and safety advocates to educate parents and caregivers during Child Passenger Safety Week. To generate awareness about the importance of securing children in the correct car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, the 2019 Child Passenger Safety Week planner was developed. The planner provides information and resources to promote the safety of children traveling in Pennsylvania. This year’s theme “Click it Tight. It is Worth Their Life to do it Right.” highlights that the best way to protect children is to correctly secure each child on every trip, every time.
Access the planner here http://pakidstravelsafe.org/resources/cps/item/897-child-passenger-safety-week-2019.
The available material reflects Pennsylvania law and best practice recommendations for correctly securing children.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, educational programs and community car seat check events are coordinated and staffed with certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The car seat check events will be posted at www.pakidstravelsafe.org. Child Passenger Safety Week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on September 21st.