New study shows that 80 percent of parents think car seat registration cards are important, but only 42 percent return the card
Lewes, DE – In 2014, more than six million car seats were recalled for a safety defect – the largest car seat recall in U.S. history. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fewer than half of those car seats received the necessary repair. Safe Kids Delaware is helping to spread the word about this recently released information during National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 13-19), and is marking the week with activities designed to increase car seat registrations.
The information was discovered as part of a study from Safe Kids Worldwide, who with support from the General Motors Foundation, recently released a report titled, “Car Seat Recalls: What Every Parent Needs to Know.” The study was created to understand why so few recalled car seats get repaired and to educate parents about the importance of recalls.
The research reveals that only 42 percent of parents said they filled out and returned the registration card that comes with a new car seat. That means that on average, six out of 10 parents risk not hearing about a car seat recall in the most timely and dependable manner – directly from the manufacturer. The study surveyed 562 parents of children who use a car seat, and collected responses from 44 parents who participated in an online bulletin board discussion.
“The single best way for parents to learn about a recall is to register their car seat with the manufacturer. Unfortunately, this important first step doesn’t happen nearly enough,” said Jennifer McCue, Chair for Safe Kids Delaware and Injury Prevention Coordinator for Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. “During Child Passenger Safety week, we want to remind all parents to register their car seats and take action when a recall occurs. This is a cost-free remedy the manufacturer provides to protect your child.”
Safe Kids Delaware urges all parents and caregivers to follow these steps to ensure their child is protected in a vehicle.
Register Your Car Seat
Option 1: Register online with your car seat manufacturer or www.safercar.gov/parents
. You’ll need the model number and date of manufacture found on the label on your car seat.
Option 2: Fill out and mail in the registration card that came with your car seat. It already includes your car seat’s information. No postage required.
Find Out if your Car Seat is Recalled
Safe Kids Delaware is sponsoring a Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course in Lewes, DE, September 15 – 18. Among other things, students will be taught how to assist parents in registering their car seats and determining if the seat is under recall during this 4-day course which is composed of classroom lecture, hands-on practice with child safety seats, and written and practical exams. At the end of the course there will be a public car seat check-up event held at Beach Babies Childcare, 31169 Learning Lane, Lewes, DE 19958, on Friday September 18, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
At events such as this one, the newly certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) check child safety (car) seats to see if they are properly installed, if the seats are appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height, and if children are correctly secured in the seats. The Technicians, who will have just graduated from a four-day training class held earlier in the week, will then work one on one with parents to correct any issues and help them re-install the seats properly.
The final day of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 19, is recognized as National Seat Check Saturday. The Wilmington Police Department, who has nationally certified CPSTs on the force, will host a car seat check event on September 19, at the PALW (Police Athletic League of Wilmington) 3707 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19802, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Appointments are required.
For more information contact Cpl. Brian Witte (302) 764-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Safe Kids Delaware
Safe Kids Delaware is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization established in 1989, dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include State and County agencies, the Fire Service, EMS, Parks and Recreation, and more. Safe Kids Delaware is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. For more information on SAFE KIDS national programs and priority areas, visit www.safekids.org