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LaHood stresses child seat importance

Posted On Mon, April 16, 2012

A recent announcement from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the Ad Council noted that not only is it important for a family to make sure their child has the correct child safety seat, but it is also vital to secure it the right way.

The report references the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which found that close to 9,000 lives have been saved by proper car seats from 1975 to 2008. In addition, LaHood stressed that all adults with children in the car should have a child that is 12 and younger properly fastened by the requirements laid out. This can mean in a seat belt, booster seat or car seat facing forward or backward.

"Safety is our top priority for everyone on our roadways, and we're calling on parents to do everything they can to protect our most vulnerable passengers," said secretary LaHood. "Together, the new public service announcement and website will help parents understand the differences in child safety seats, make sure they choose the right seat for their child, and properly secure them every time they get behind the wheel."

The report added that the leading cause of death in children 12 years old and under is automotive accidents. Between 2006 and 2010 more than 4,000 children were killed in car crashes, and close to 660,000 were hurt.

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