[Press.Release] CPS Team Colorado Urges Parents to Get Child Safety
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Thu Sep 10 16:16:15 MDT 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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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