Obviously, our children are incredibly important to us. Are you taking the proper precautions to make sure your children are safe while riding in your vehicle? Here are the stats from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
- More than 650 children under age 13 are killed in crashes in the US each year. Of those killed, 1 in 3 is unrestrained.
- Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers.
- Kansas Law requires use of a car seat or booster seat until your child is at least 8 years old, OR 4' 9" tall OR weighs 80 pounds.
- Booster seats position the seatbelt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child's body.
- Your child should stay in a booster seat until the above guidelines are met, and until the shoulder belt lies snuggly across the shoulder and chest (not across the neck or face), and across the upper thighs of your child (not the stomach).
- For more information on booster and car seat safety, visit KansasBoosterSeat.org