Senator Stevens Encourages Alaskans to Check Car Seats During Child Passenger Safety Week
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) this week encouraged Alaskan families to have their child safety seats checked to ensure they are installed properly as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 21-27), which is designed to raise awareness about the need to keep children in automobiles safe.
"While it is important to recognize the lives that have been saved by child safety seats, I'm told that three out of four child safety seats in today's vehicles are not installed properly," said Senator Stevens. "We need to get this message out: Parents can improve the protection of their children in the event of an accident by ensuring their safety seats are installed properly."
According to research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the lives of 8,325 children under age five have been saved through the proper use of child restraints over the past 30 years. In 2006, among children under age five, an estimated 425 lives were saved by child restraint use.
Senator Stevens has previously championed the issue of child automobile safety as part of his duties on the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee where he was a cosponsor of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act. The act, which was signed into law in February, included several measures to increase automobile safety for children and earned the Senator an award from the children's safety organization "Kids and Cars".
For more information about Child Passenger Safety Week, as well as information about the proper use of child safety seats and booster seats, please visit NHTSA's website at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.