Friday, September 3, 2010

Child Car Seat Information

For the past several years, the police department has offered child car seat inspections. The inspections are free of charge. How important is having a child car seat properly installed in your vehicle? Just look at these remarkable statistics:
• Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children between the ages of 3 - 14.
• Car crashes kill more children each year than all childhood diseases combined.
• Most vehicle crashes occur at speeds less than 40 mph and within 25 miles of home.
• Nationally, nine out of every 10 car seats are being used improperly.
• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for children ages 1 to 4 years.
Use of a child safety seat is not only a good idea, it's the law. The Child Passenger Safety Act (KSA 8 -1343) mandates all children under the age four to be in a federally approved child safety seat. Children ages four to eight years must be in a federally approved child safety seat/booster unless the child weighs more than 80 lbs. or is taller than 4'9". Children 8 years of age but under 14 must be protected by a safety belt. This law applies to all passenger cars designed for carrying fewer than 10 passengers.

Scheduling a child car seat inspection is easy. You can request an appointment online at opkansas.org. Click on OPCares and then "Child Car Seat Inspection." If you don't have access to a computer, you can schedule an appointment by calling 913-895-6419.