Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week
Posted on 09/20/2021

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 19-25. Review the Car Seat Checkup (below) from SafeKids.org to help determine if you have the right passenger safety seat for your child and if it is installed correctly.

Right Seat
This is an easy one. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it's appropriate for your child's age, weight and height. Like milk, your car seat has an expiration date. Double check the label on your car seat to make sure it is still safe.

Right Place
Kids are VIPs, just ask them. We know all VIPs ride in the back seat, so keep all children in a back seat until they are 13.

Right Direction
Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until at least age 2. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH).

Inch Test
Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch side-to-side or front-to-back? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.

Pinch Test
Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check car seat manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.

Read the vehicle and car seat instruction manuals to help you with this checklist. If you have trouble, questions or concerns, contact certified child passenger safety technician Officer Brad Kallio at 763.398.1229 to help or even double check your work.

For more child passenger safety information, visit safekids.org.