[Press.Release] CPS Team Colorado Urges Parents to Get Child Safety Seats Inspected

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Thu Sep 10 16:16:15 MDT 2009

September 10, 2009
Contacts: Corp. Eric Wynn, Colorado State Patrol,303-239-4537
Heather Halpape, CDOT, 303-757-9484 

CPS Team Colorado Urges Parents to Get Child Safety Seats Inspected 
Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 12-18th 

        DENVER ? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 
children age 3 to 14 in the United States and in Colorado.  In 2007, 6,532 
vehicle occupants age 14 and younger were killed in traffic crashes 
nationwide.  Over the past five years in Colorado, 108 children ages 0-14 
have been killed in traffic crashes, and 62% were not properly restrained 
in a child safety seat or seat belt.  That's why Child Passenger Safety 
(CPS) Team Colorado is urging all parents and caregivers to make sure they 
keep their most precious cargo safe by getting their child safety seats 
inspected and by following recommendations from safety experts to make 
sure kids are safe in a vehicle no matter what their age, height or 
        "It is extremely important that parents pay attention their 
child's size when choosing the best child safety seat or deciding whether 
or not they should use an adult seat belt," said Corporal Eric Wynn of the 
Colorado State Patrol.  "Serious injuries occur when children are not 
buckled up properly or are using a child safety seat that hasn't been 
installed correctly.  Fortunately, there is help available at more than 
100 Fit Stations across the state established by CPS Team Colorado."
        CPS Team Colorado is a coalition of individuals, organizations and 
agencies, including hundreds of certified child safety seat technicians. 
To find a Fit Station in your area and for special check-up events being 
held during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 12-18th, visit  www.carseatscolorado.com or call 877-LUV-TOTS. 
        For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers should 
refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 
determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children 
based on age and size: 
Step 1 ? Rear-Facing Seats
For the best possible protection, keep infants in the back seat, in 
rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or 
weight limit of the particular seat.  At a minimum, keep infants 
rear-facing until age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

Step 2 ? Forward-Facing Seats
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at 
least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in 
the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the 
particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

Step 3 ? Booster Seats
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 
40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the 
vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt 
lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest 
(usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall).

Step 4 ? Seat Belts 
When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually around age 8 -10 or 
when they are 4'9" tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back 
seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the 
shoulder belt fits across the chest).

For information on Colorado's Child Passenger Safety laws, visit www.carseatscolorado.com

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bear kay
public affairs
colorado state patrol
700 kipling street, denver, co 80215
bear.kay at cdps.state.co.us
direct line & voice mail-303.239.5774
public affairs general information-303.239.4583
"1st In Traffic Safety - Courteous But Firm"

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