With car crashes being a leading cause of death for children 1 to 12 years of age in the United States, it is very important to make sure your child is in the correct safety seat to accommodate their growing bodies.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 14- 20. To help parents ensure safety for the children they transport, the Taney County Health Department will sponsor a car seat check station by appointment on Thursday, September 18 at their Branson and Forsyth locations.
Appointments are available at the Forsyth location (15479 Hwy 160) from 9 to 11 am, and at the Branson location (320 Rinehart Road) from 2 to 4 pm. To schedule an appointment, call the Forsyth office at (417) 546-4725 ext. 690, or the Branson office at (417) 334-4544 ext. 225.
“The health department considers car seat safety to be a high priority,” says Kara Miller, Community Health Educator. “We encourage parents and caregivers to take time to have car seats inspected by a certified technician to ensure your child’s seat is the right fit and is properly installed.”
Missouri law requires all children under age eight be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat, unless they are at least 80 pounds or 4 feet 9 inches tall.
The wide range of car seat models on the market today leaves more than a few parents confused. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study revealed that nearly 75 percent of parents do not know how to use child safety restraints properly. Child passenger safety technicians inMissourireport an even higher misuse rate.
For more information about car seat safety, visit the TCHD website at www.taneycohealth.org.