Proper Car Seat Use Improves Auto Safety for

Putnam County Department of Health
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
845-808-1390
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michelle Martine, 845-808-1400 x 44122
Proper Car Seat Use Improves Auto Safety for Children
BREWSTER, NY—Every September, National Child Passenger Safety Week is observed and it
is a good time to review guidelines for using car restraints. According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for
children, from 1 through 13 years of age and improper use of car restraints is part of the problem.
In 2011, over one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat
belts.
The age, height and weight of the child all play a role in knowing what type of restraint to
use and when to transition to the next level. Children should start out in a rear-facing car seat,
and then move to a forward-facing one, a booster seat, and finally a regular seat belt.
Other Rrecommendations from the NHTSA include:
Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size. Choose a seat that fits in your
vehicle and use it every time.
Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions. Read the vehicle
owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system;
and check height and weight limits.
To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as
the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
121 MAIN STREET • BREWSTER, NEW YORK 10509 • (Ph) 845-808-1400 • (Fax) 845-808-1926 •
PutnamCAC@putnamcountyny.gov
Proper Car Seat Use Improves Auto Safety, page 2
Police officers will often provide car seat checks to make sure the car or booster seat is
properly installed and fits the child. The Kent Police Department (225-4600) will be doing car
seat checks on Sept. 28th from 12-4pm at their Open House. Car seat checks are also conducted
at the Annual Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day, held in the spring.
Keep in mind that New York has child passenger safety laws and fines for a first offense
range up to $100, three plus points on a driver’s license, according to the Governors Highway
Safety Association and NY DMV website.
For more information, visit the “Parents Central” section of the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s website at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/Home.htm.
For more information on the CAC please visit the Putnam County website at
http://www.putnamcountyny.com and under “Departments” select Child Advocacy Center. Or
visit our social media site on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/putnamcac
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Contact: Michelle Martine, 845-808-1400 x 44122
121 MAIN STREET • BREWSTER, NEW YORK 10509 • (Ph) 845-808-1400 • (Fax) 845-808-1926 •
PutnamCAC@putnamcountyny.gov
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