Child Car Safety

Research shows that three out of every four car seats are not used correctly, meaning the child is not in the correct car seat for their age, height and weight, or the car seat is not installed correctly. In 2012, over one third (37%) of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 14-20 and anyone with a child in a car seat is encouraged to visit to determine if YOUR child is in the right seat for his or her age & size.

Because each seat has different installation instructions, you can also get resources and tips on having the right fit for your car seat.

Car seat check events are planned across the country if you are unsure about your car seat. You may also register your child’s car seat with the manufacturer to be informed in the event of a recall.

To locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, go to or download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store.

Here are a few tips from

Car Seat Safety Tips:

  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
  • Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
  • Before putting your child in a car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works.
  • All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
  • Remember, the best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly. The information here can help you choose the right seat for your child.

Keep in mind that:

o  Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.

o   Children ages 1-3 should be kept rear-facing as long as possible.

o   Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

o   Be certain you’ve installed your car seat correctly by having it checked at an inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. Bring the Car Seat Instructions AND the Vehicle Owner’s Manual with you to a seat check appointment!

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GIVEAWAY: Car Seat in Honor of #BuckleUpForLife

by sarah on September 7, 2014

Buckle Up For LifeThis week, I am participating in the Toyota Buckle Up for Life Car Seat Safety Campaign in conjunction with SheBuysCars and TravelingMom. In the Philadelphia area, the amazing and awesome Children’s Hospital (CHOP) is our local #BuckleUpForLife Partner in this very worthy effort.
As a part of this week’s awareness efforts, keep reading for more details below on how to win one of over 25 car seats being given away (including the one you see on this blog).

My girls are teenagers now, spreading their wings, one with her license and the other on her way to getting a permit. In PA, before getting your license, you are required to go see the physician to get a 10-minute car safety talk. My daughter rolled her eyes as we headed to the doctor. She knew everything already, of course, according to her teenage brain.

“You must always buckle your seatbelt – and make sure everyone in your car buckles their seat belt. If something were to happen and someone was killed or paralyzed who could have been wearing their seatbelt, you have to live with that reality,” said the doctor, in a kind but firm way. My daughter, who always has to be reminded to put on her seatbelt, even at 16, got the message.

Up until this year, I have always driven the kids to school except in the rare instance that I am out of town, then they take the bus. At this age, they hate taking the bus. My husband would tell me, “Make them take the bus” and I would defend our precious moments in the car together, after the scurry of getting out the door — that time to breathe, plan for the day together and figure out our week as we headed to school and then I went to work.

My 17-year-old got her license in the summer and on the first day of school, I watched her drive off with my youngest and I waved and said a little prayer and whispered, “Goodbye, have a good day” trying not to cry. I love the extra time in the morning now but I do miss our car talks. I don’t miss the rush in the afternoon trying to get them to jobs and activities that now my daughter can cover as I fit in one last project or call at work. Now, my daughter is in charge of making sure all the belts are buckled and that my youngest complies. I hear from both that driving together has brought them closer. In so many ways, I am grateful they are now creating their own precious moments, however much I miss that time.

According to Buckle Up For Life, 1 in 3 American children ride unrestrained and only 2 out of 9 are in the right car seat. Here’s how you can help:

TAKE THE PLEDGE to Buckle Up for Life and help spread the word.

TWEET: Join the #BuckleUpForLife Twitter Party: Monday, September 8th at 9PM Eastern (6PM Pacific). Follow the hashtags #BuckleUpForLife and #TMOM. RSVP on the Traveling Mom website for a chance to win one of FOUR car seats being given away.

ASK QUESTIONS of the experts during both the Twitter party Monday and a Buckle Up For Life Google Hangout Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 12 Noon-2PM ET, where 20 MORE car seats will be given away to participants. Questions can be tweeted with the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife or submitted in the Hangout form. Log in on Wednesday to join the hangout and ask questions to be entered to win.

Participants in the Google Hangout will include a national elected official, Toyota Safety Engineer – Jennifer Pelky, Visionary of Buckle Up for Life – Dr. Victor Garcia, ToyotaSheBuysCars and TravelingMom.

You can also enter to win a car seat via my very own giveaway shown below!

(Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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