New York state is reminding parents and caregivers of Child Passenger Safety Week is from September 18 through September 24.
New York officials are offering free car seat checks throughout the state for that week.
The goal is to make sure parents are using the right seats for their child’s age, size, and buckling in kids properly.
“Child safety seats can significantly reduce the risk of death or injury in a crash, but they must be used properly to be effective,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.
“We urge parents and caregivers to always ensure their children are riding in the right seats for their age and size and that the seats are correctly installed in their vehicles. We also encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of the free car-seat checks and other resources that are available this week and year-round,” added Egan.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites car crashes as the leading cause of death for children under the age of 13 nationwide.
New York State law says all children must be in an appropriate child restraint system in a motor vehicle until they are 8 years old.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, click here.