National Child Passenger Safety Week

car-seat1The Fairfield Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Transportation are teaming up in an annual effort to encourage parents and caregivers to protect children in vehicles.

National Child Passenger Safety Week starts today until Saturday, September 24.

The annual campaign raises awareness about child passenger safety laws and the importance of properly protecting children with car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of four children are not properly secured in car seats, putting them at severe risk of injury or death. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children under age 13 nationally, according to NHTSA.

“Parents and caregivers often improperly use or install child safety seats,” said Officer Gary Wikman, “To help keep children safe, the Fairfield Police Department offers free child safety seat inspections monthly.” For more information click here.