Child passenger safety week

September 27, 2018

One of our biggest challenges in life is being a parent and ensuring that our children are safe, healthy and happy.

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week and I wanted to share valuable information to help keep our children safe and ensure that they are properly secured in their car seats, boosters and seat belts.

The Norwich Police Department has officers certified in child car seat installation and several child car seat safety checks are held each year which give the public an opportunity to have their child's seats property installed. Please visit their website for more information or call the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561 to schedule an appointment with a child seat technician officer.

Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has helpful information on the importance to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time a child is in the car.

Here are some tips to keep our children safe in the car:

  • If you're pregnant, schedule a car seat installation with a certified child passenger safety technician before the child is born
  • Children should ride in the back seat at least through age 12
  • If your kids complain about wearing seat belts, don't negotiate; don't drive off until they buckle up
  • Always be consistent and wear your seat belt; driver safety belt use strongly influences whether your child will buckle up
  • All 50 states require child seats with specific criteria; here is a list of child passenger safety laws by state, and Connecticut’s own child safety laws
  • The life of a car seat is from six to eight years; recalls for child seat manufacturers for the past 10 years can be found here.
  • Air bags can save the lives of older children and adults, but they can be fatal for young children

I hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.