Safety week addresses child

Child Passenger Safety Week comes to a close this weekend, but the safety of children continues.

“Adults have the responsibility to make sure children are always properly secured before leaving home,” NC Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a release. “Throughout the week, visit a car seat safety clinic to have car seats checked by a certified technician.”

According to the NCDOT, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep children in rear-facing car seats until age 2. The child should also meet the height and weight requirements for their car seat. Parents are also advised to keep children in booster seats until the belt fits correctly. Researches say its between the ages of eight and 12 or when the child reaches 4-foot 9-inches.

In lieu of Child Passenger Safety Week, the NCDOT recommends parents visit local Buckle Up Kids safety clinics. The programs are in place to help provide parents with proper car seat safety. The local programs also provide a car seat check by a certified technician.

In 2011 the NCDOT reported more than 90 percent of children in crashes were reported to have been buckled. While motor deaths have decreased, it is still a leading cause of death for children 4 and older. The cause is the number of children not buckled up.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.