Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the United States? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week, September 13-19, 2015, is to encourage parents and caregivers to visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat inspection event in their area. Additionally, parents and caregivers are urged to register their child's car seat with the manufacturer so they will be informed in the event of a recall.

NHTSA has estimated that child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years) in passenger cars. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58% and 59%, respectively.

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