Statistics show that the leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 14 is from car accidents and a direct result of not being properly restrained. Car seats can sometimes be tricky to install properly, but if you don't take the time to make sure they are installed the right way, they do not provide adequate protection in the event of an accident.
Car seat safety checks are a must. If you are unsure about the installation of your child's seat or if it is the right size for your child, there are experts who can help! Car seat inspection stations and events can be found in most cities and towns.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a child safety seat inspection station locator to help you find an inspection station near you.
For car seat safety information and tips, listen to an interview with car seat safety inspection expert, Thaleia Maher, aka "Car Seat Chick". She has great information and advice for protecting your kids in the car as you travel on vacation and for your every day errands.
If you are traveling out of state, check here for information on the child passenger laws in the states you will be visiting.
Remember to buckle yourself up, as well as your kids, every time you get in the car. Buckling up should be a life-long habit and can definitely be a life-saving one!