2010 Child Passenger Safety Week Grand View Conducting Car Seat Safety Checks
(September 15, 2010) Sellersville, PA - Grand View Hospital is urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, (September 19-25)
Grand View Hospital offers free car seat safety checks by a certified car seat technician. Inspections are conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from noon to 4 pm at the Sellersville Outpatient Center. In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week, additional inspections are being offered on Thursday, September 23 from noon to 2 pm. Each car seat check takes approximately 20 minutes. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the Grand View Information Line at 215-453-4300.
“It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time,” advises Jim Cook, a Grand View certified car seat technician. “We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, 8,959 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2008 by the proper use of child restraints. In 2008, among children under age 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 244 lives were saved by child restraint use (child safety seats and adult seat belts). Research shows that child restraints provide the best protection for all children up to age 8.
For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit a local inspection station, such as Grand View, and refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids
guidelines that determine which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size.
- For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).
- When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).
Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. For more information about child passenger safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov.
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart care.