DID YOU KNOW that crashes are the leading cause of death for children from age 3 to 14. Using a car seat correctly can prevent many of these injuries and deaths. However, if car seats are not used correctly, serious injuries or death can occur.
Most Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes
- Turning a child from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint too soon. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear facing until 2 years old or until they outgrow height or weight requirements of their car seat.
- Restraint is not secured tight enough - it should not move more than one inch from side to side at the belt path.
- Harness on the child is not tight enough.
- Retainer clip is too high or low, it should be positioned at armpit level.
- The child is in the wrong restraint. Be sure the restraint fits the child AND the vehicle.
- All children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat.
Child passenger safety clinics are held monthly at Gold Cross, 2800 7th St N, St. Cloud. To schedule a free appointment, call 320-656-7021. Leave a message with your name, phone number and number of seats to check.
Parents are asked to bring their child(ren), car seats and vehicles to ensure proper restraint fitting.
We are also available to check car seats on an individual basis at the Sartell Police Department. Call 320-251-8186 to schedule an appointment.
Local car seat clinics are sponsored by Gold Cross Ambulance, St. Cloud Hospital and Centra Care - Women and Children's Clinic. Car seat events and education are provided to you by the St. Cloud Area Child Passenger Safety Collaborative.