Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and disability among children. Children who are not properly buckled up may be seriously hurt not only in crashes, but also from sudden stops.
To keep children safe, EVERYBODY needs a safety belt or a safety seat. The violent forces of a crash can cause anyone who rides loose to be thrown out of the vehicle and seriously hurt. People riding without belts or safety seats can also hurt others who are buckled up by being thrown against them.
Seven out of ten child safety seats are not used the right way. Vehicle seats and safety belts are built to fit adults - not children - which can make it hard to properly buckle up. Buckling your child in the right safety restraint - the right way - can protect them during a crash or sudden stop. This guide will help you learn how to choose the right restraint for your child and how to use it the right way. You can also contact your local State Police Troop for a free evaluation and/or instructions on installation.