As children grow, how they sit safely in a car, truck, van or SUV changes. Franciscan Health helps parents and caregivers follow smart steps to keep children safe when riding in a car.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 5 to 14. This fact can be linked in part to the nonuse or improper use of child safety seats. Franciscan Health supports efforts to make sure children are using the proper car seats for their age and size.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Guidelines state that all children under 13 should remain in the back seat of a vehicle and be properly restrained in a car seat that is appropriate for their age and size.
Many Franciscan Health centers offer free child safety seat inspections. Each local program is overseen by a nationally certified child safety seat technician who will inspect seats and instruct families in how to properly secure them in vehicles.