National Seat Check Saturday 2018: Westat Experts Help Improve Child Passenger Safety

Every 33 seconds 1 child under age 13 is involved in a crash, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 13, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Crash-related death and injury can be prevented by the proper use of a car seat, a booster seat, or a seat belt. 

To increase awareness and promote proper car seat use in our communities, Child Passenger Safety Week occurs from September 23-29 and concludes with National Seat Check Saturday.  On this day, car seat checks are offered across the nation as an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn safety tips and correct car seat installation. 

Four members of Westat’s Center for Transportation, Technology & Safety Research who are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand at the U.S. Senate Capitol Grounds in Washington, DC, for Seat Check Saturday. They will work alongside technicians from NHTSA, car seat manufacturers, U.S. Capitol Police, and Safe Kids Worldwide to educate parents and help children travel safely. 

The event is sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

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