Motor vehicle traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older. Securing children properly—in the back seat of the vehicle—is the most effective thing parents and caregivers can do to protect them in the event of a crash.
ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center is promoting Child Passenger Safety Week—Sept. 18–24 with partners including the ODOT Transportation Safety Division, Safe Kids Oregon, American Medical Response, Oregon Medical Association and more than 500 CPS Technicians working throughout Oregon.
Why do child safety seats expire?
Safety standards and regulations change over time so an older child safety seat may be less effective than a newer product. Additionally, a seat may not have all of its parts, instructions, labels, or the important warning features of newer models. It is always important that a seat has its original labeling so that it may be checked for expiration as well as recalls. Without labeling, there is no way to verify whether or not a seat is safe to use.
Did You Know…?
• Only 60 percent of children over 40 pounds are riding in booster seats. Oregon requires children up to age 8 or 4’9” to ride in a booster seat.