JEFFERSON CITY - National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 16-22 and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is focusing on proper use of car seats.
Car accidents are the leading killer of children one to 12 years old in the United States. In 2011, 12 children in Missouri under the age of eight were killed and 1,778 were injured in traffic accidents.
The Coalition for Roadway Safety is encouraging parents and child caregivers to participate in a safety seat check this week to find out how to protect their children.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study revealed that nearly 75 percent of parents don't know how to use child safety restraints properly, and Child Passenger Safety Technicians in Missouri report an even higher rate of misuse.
Missouri law requires children under eight years old to be in a car seat, unless they weigh more than 80 pounds or are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Children also need different safety seats as they grow.
This Saturday, Sept. 22, is National Seat Check Saturday. Technicians will provide on-site car seat checks and education at locations throughout Missouri. To find a safety seat check event in your area, visit seatcheck.org. For more information visit saveMOlives.com.