The Kids May Not Be All Right

Although vehicle manufacturers are doing first-rate work when it comes to making vehicles a whole lot safer—everything from the use of ultrahigh-strength steel for safety cages to electronic stability control and other chassis-control enhancements—according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, about 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly.

Although vehicle manufacturers are doing first-rate work when it comes to making vehicles a whole lot safer—everything from the use of ultrahigh-strength steel for safety cages to electronic stability control and other chassis-control enhancements—according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, about 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly.

Let’s repeat that: about 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly.

In addition to which, as children age, they are less likely to be in a weight/size-appropriate seat.

Safe Kids USA, in partnership with General Motors and the General Motors Foundation, conduct child safety seat checkup events to make sure things are as they should be when it comes to child safety seats. Like in this picture, which shows Safe Kids training manage and technical advisor Lorrie Walker (right) talking with Ebony Smith about making sure the seat is appropriate for the child.

 

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No matter how good the OEMs make the cars, it is up to the owners and operators to make sure things are done safely—like using child safety seats in an appropriate manner.