An infant is being properly buckled into a rear facing car seat by his mother.

Don’t think you know, know you know: National Seat Check Saturday

Published by Andria Earnshaw (September 21, 2017)

The importance of keeping our kids safe when they’re passengers is something that we can all agree on. Here at Travall, we’re advocates for Child Passenger Safety Week. I’m sure you’ve seen safety segments on TV and articles in your local newspapers or on the internet in regards to what you can do to help protect your kids. I know my local news is talking about our local National Seat Check Saturday location.

What is National Seat Check Saturday?
It’s a set Saturday of the year where various organizations team up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to check car and booster seat installations. The NHTSA knows that car and booster seats save children’s lives and properly installed seats are a must!

According to the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts from June 2015, child restraint systems (car and booster seats) are often used incorrectly. This includes issues like loose straps, improperly placed clips, cracked plastic and even the wrong seat for your child’s height and/or age. An estimated 46% of car and booster seats (59% of car seats and 20% of booster seats) are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.

That info is straight from their National Child Restraint Use Special Study. I don’t know about you, but that information makes me want to have my nephews’ seats checked out ASAP!

Who should check your seat?
The NHTSA wants you to have your car or booster seat installation checked by a certified technician. (You could train to be one!)

You can find a local technician and/or the Child Passenger Safety Week event near you by visiting this link:
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats

There will be many local events for National Seat Check Saturday this weekend on Saturday, September 23. The actual number in your area will vary. If you can, we suggest making the time to have your seat/s checked out.

You can also visit this website for more information about getting your car seat checked particularly if it’s outside of National Seat Check Saturday.
http://cert.safekids.org/get-car-seat-checked 

Don’t think you know, know you know.

A child standing on a driver's seat pretending to drive a car.

He’s not quite ready to be driving, maybe in a few years! Photo courtesy of iStock.

Here are some Child Passenger Protection tips from all of us at Travall.

  • Ensure your child’s car seat or booster seat is correctly installed and buckled.
  • Children should always ride in the rear seats as it’s safer for them.
  • Store all gear in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle, loose items can become dangerous projectiles in a crash or sudden stop. This includes strollers, diaper bags, backpacks, laptops, and groceries.
  • Install a Travall Guard to keep your gear, groceries and other items in the rear of your vehicle where they belong.
  • If you’re worried about Fido jumping on the baby or acting as a distraction, a Travall Guard and Divider would be the ideal accessory for you.

We want to make it easy for you to get a Travall Guard of your own so we’re offering 10% off all Travall Guards and Dividers with the code: TRAV10SEPT
Promo code is for US residents shopping on Travall.com only. The expiration date is September 30, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

Help protect your child passengers by visiting our store now!
www.travall.com/store 

Andria Earnshaw

Andria is a Midwestern girl at heart, though she’s spent most of her life out West. Western Colorado to be precise. Since moving away, she’s really come to miss using the mountains as a guide when giving and getting directions! Her adventure partners are her husband and two dogs who love nothing more than to run. (The dogs love to run, not the husband.) She enjoys reading, hiking and is just getting into photography with her DSLR. You may see some of her photos making their way into her posts, you never know!

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