2 Ways to Protect Your Child When They're in the Car

Child Passenger Safety Week is the perfect time to talk about ways Traverse City parents can protect their kids when they're on the road. Traffic accidents are the number-one cause of death for children under 13, and as many as 35 percent of those deaths could have been prevented if the child were wearing the correct restraints for their age and size.

Make sure the top tether anchor is attached correctly. Research by Safe Kids Worldwide shows that up to 64 percent of forward-facing car seats do not have the top tether attached, which would cause the seat to tip forward in a crash.

Make older children use a booster seat and seat belt. According to the NHTSA, half the children between 8 and 14 years old who were killed in traffic collisions were not wearing their seat belt. As children outgrow their car seats, they often feel silly about needing a booster seat—or a seat belt at all! Until your child is about 4 feet and 9 inches tall, however, a booster is recommended to ensure belts fit properly, so they are protected during a crash.

Learn more important tips by following the Child Passenger Safety Week campaign.

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