NHTSA Releases Car Seat Safety Tools

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"Car Seat Finder" and Registration Campaign Keep Adults Updated on Best Choices

In support of Child Passenger Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their new developments in car seat safety last week: the Car Seat Finder tool and the "Don't Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today" campaign.

The Car Seat Finder is an easy-to-use tool that provides the latest car seat options for children based on their age, height, and weight. After inputting that information, parents and caregivers can view the NHTSA's recommendations and compare different car seats for their child.

With many car seat options available, this tool "ensures [parents] are making the best choices for their child passengers," David Friedman, the NHTSA's Deputy Administrator, said.

The agency is also making sure that registering the car seat is equally as important as choosing the best one. The new campaign, "Don't Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today," urges parents and caregivers to register car seats so manufacturers can easily contact them with recall information. Adults can easily enter this information on the NHTSA's Parent Central website or use the updated SaferCar app to search for car seat recalls.

How can you help keep your child safe?

According to the NHTSA, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash every 34 seconds and more than a third of children killed in crashes were not in car seats or wearing seatbelts. Stay updated on the car seat laws in your state and check out our car seat safety tips to make sure your child isn't part of this statistic.

“New Tools for Better Car Seat Safety.” Forbes. Sept. 24, 2014.
“U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils Tools and Campaign to Increase Car Seat Safety.” NHTSA. Sept. 19, 2014.