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Child Safety Week 2022

Child Safety Week 2022

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15/09/2022

CTDOT holds checks for child seats during Child Safety Week

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announces a series of Child Seat Checks, a safety event being held for parents and guardians to receive free instructions from certified child passenger safety technicians on how to properly install and use the correct car seats for their children, during Child Safety Week which runs from September 18 – 24 this year.

During the events, parents and carers learn how to use car seats correctly and how to install them correctly. Technicians will also be on site to discuss car seat selection with parents and answer any other questions you may have. In addition, they will explain the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturers so that they can be notified if there is a recall.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two children under 13 were killed every day in 2020 while riding in vehicles, and a further 278 were injured. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children, and the latest NHTSA survey shows that 46% of car seats are misused.

“A parent or guardian’s most important job is to protect their children,” said Joseph Giulietti, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to reduce the number of child fatalities. The consequences of misuse of car seats can be disastrous and car seat instructions should be read and followed.”

Child seat checks will be held during child safety week at the following locations:

  • Wednesday September 21, 2022, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

50 Imperial Ave., Westport

To make a free appointment, please send an email to car [email protected]

  • Wednesday 21 September 2022, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Middletown Fire Department / Cross Street Fire Station

169 Cross Street, Middletown

To make a free appointment, please send an email to [email protected]

  • Wednesday 21 September 2022, 2 – 5 pm

Griffin Hospital

4 Mountain St., Derby

To make a free appointment, please send an email to [email protected]

  • Thursday September 22, 2022, 10 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Target Parking Lot, 240 Chase Ave., Waterbury

No appointment needed

All events are free and open to the public, but arrangements must be made in advance where indicated.

More than a third of children aged 12 and under who died in accidents involving cars, pickup trucks, vans and SUVs in 2020 were unbuckled. From 2016-2020, there were 1,721 tweens (8 to 14 years old) killed in passenger cars, and in 2020 alone, the 8 to 12-year-old age group had the highest number of fatalities (216) among children in passenger cars.

“Don’t wait for an accident to find out if your child’s seat is installed correctly,” Giulietti added, “Have an expert check for you so you can have that peace of mind.”

Parents, guardians and carers can also visit nhtsa.gov/therightseat to learn other car seat safety tips, watch how-to videos, and sign up for car seat recalls.

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