STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — While parents have been concerned with keeping their kids safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), one nonprofit organization is focused on ensuring child safety in the car.
In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, which began Monday, Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit organization focused on protecting children from preventable injuries, has released various online resources to help parents keep their kids safe.
“These new online and virtual resources are available to help every parent understand the most important car seat safety tips to remember during COVID-19 when they have so many other things to think about,” said Torine Creppy, president of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for American children each year, though properly installed child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by over 70%, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
However, nearly 60% of car seats either go unused or are installed improperly, increasing the risk of harm.
Though the organization could not hold in-person car seat education classes due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit has provided a host of new online resources available to parents.
To have a car seat installation checked for any possible dangers, parents can have a “virtual car seat check-up” with a nationally certified child passenger safety technician using their smartphone or tablet.
To sign up for the virtual check-up, parents should contact their local Safe Kids coalition using the organization’s website.
For those who don’t want live, virtual interaction, but still want to ensure they’re installing their car seat properly, Safe Kids is offering a free online class about car seat safety that can be viewed at any time.
The organization has also launched “The Ultimate Car Seat Guide,” an interactive, online tool that encompasses all aspects of car seat safety from choosing the right seat to proper installation and more.
“Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, back to school, or a long-distance road trip, correctly used car seats, booster seats and seat belts are the best way to make sure a family is the most protected,” Creppy added.
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