NMPH Assisting in Child Seat Safety Checks as Part of National Child Passenger Safety Week

NMPH Assisting in Child Seat Safety Checks as Part of National Child Passenger Safety Week

September 21, 2021 Access Health News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and Norman-Mahnomen Public Health is asking parents and care providers to make sure they’re following the right steps to prevent serious injury in the event that you and your child are involved in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 183,000 children were injured in car crashes in 2018, making it one of the leading safety issues for children. Many of those injuries could have been prevented by making sure children are properly secured. Aimee Eggen, who conducts car seat safety checks with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health, talks about some of the common mistakes parents and caregivers make when it comes to buckling in children.

According to the AAA and the National Safety Council, 52% of car seats inspected by Child Passenger Safety technicians are improperly installed and used, and 73% of forward facing car seats are incorrectly installed.

As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, this Saturday is Car Seat Safety Check Saturday, where local organizations will be hosting free child seat inspections. However, Eggen says parents and caregivers are welcome to get their seats inspected at any time.

For more information regarding Child Seat Safety Inspections, please contact Aimee Eggen at Norman-Mahnomen Public Health at 218-784-5425.  Listen to the full interview with Aimee Eggen as part of the Access Health program earlier this month.