Posted on Oct 17, 2013
Car accidents are the number one cause of serious injury and death among children. Because young children are often cared for by grandma and grandpa, grandparents are being urged to have their grandchildren’s car seats checked in order to protect their grandkids.
While no one wants to think about being in a possible Georgia car crash, it is always likely. For this reason, Fayette County Safe Kids group and the Peachtree City Fire Department are encouraging grandparents to make sure car seats in their vehicles are installed correctly and that their grandchildren are always buckled up.
Grandchildren are precious to grandparents, which is why grandmothers and grandfathers need to do their part and make sure the child car seats their grandchildren are riding in are correctly installed. Because it is difficult to know if the car seat fits the vehicle properly or if it is installed correctly, the Peachtree City Fire Department offers free car seat checks every third Friday of the month between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Grandparents can call 770-631-2588, ext. 5600 to make an appointment.
Not only should grandparents get car seats inspected, but grandparents should make sure they are using new car seats that are designed for crash protection. Purchasing used car seats may put grandchildren in jeopardy, which is why grandparents should avoid using second-hand car seats. Additionally, grandparents should review these rules:
- Always buckle up—children are watching
- Make sure grandchildren are buckled in
- All children under the age of 13 should be secured in the back seat
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag
- Check for car seat recalls at nhtsa.gov
By keeping these car safety tips in mind, grandchildren will be safer in the event of a Georgia car accident.