For National Child Passenger Safety Week, advocates remind parents to double check kids’ car seats

A baby doll in a rear facing car seat in vehicle
A baby doll in a rear facing car seat in vehicle Photo credit Courtesy of AAA Mid-Atlantic

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's National Child Passenger Safety Week, and advocates are using it to encourage drivers to make sure they're up to code on how to properly keep their children safe.

In 2018, 33% of children killed in passenger vehicles were not properly restrained, according to AAA's Jana Tidwell.

Tidwell said the week is used to highlight the importance of car seats, booster seats, and seatbelts.

“With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for children, using a car seat that is age and size appropriate is the best way to keep children safe,” she said.

Drivers should make themselves familiar with child seat mandates, she added.

“Pennsylvania law requires children under the age of four to be properly restrained in a child passenger restraint system when riding anywhere in a vehicle,” she said.

They are also encouraging people to take advantage of free car seat checks from Pennsylvania State Police, as three out of four child safety seats are installed improperly.

Tidwell is also urging people to stay away from car seat add-ons, as they were not tested with your specific seat and could cause more harm than good.

“If it didn't come with the car seat, AAA urges that you don't use it,” she said,

In addition to keeping kids safe, not having the proper vehicle restraint can come with a hefty fine.