Kids in cars
Cars are an integral tool in our busy lives. But as important as they are, they can still be dangerous. With a little information and a few simple steps, you can keep your children safe in you car from the the time they ride home from the hospital in their first car seat to the time they get behind the wheel.
The hard facts
Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. When correctly used, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Seat belts saved more than 69,000 lives from 2006 to 2010. Despite this fact, teenagers have the lowest rate of seat belt use. Only 54 percent of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else.
- Before you hit the road, check your car seat. 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed properly.
- Know the complete use history of a second-hand car seat. Once a car seat has been in a crash, it needs to be replaced.
- Never leave your child alone in the car, not even for a minute. Within 10 minutes, a vehicle's inside temperature can raise up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature and up to 34 degrees hotter after 30 minutes.
- For the best protection, keep children in their car or booster seat for as long as possible.
- Buckled up properly in the back seat is the safest way to ride.
Car Seat Inspection Stations: Offered monthly by appointment. Parents and caregivers are paired with a Child Passenger Safety Technician to receive hands-on training and education on the best way to transport children in a car. Contact the Safe Kids office for additional information or to reserve a time slot at 859-323-1153.
To learn more about keeping kids safe in and around cars, check out our literature below:
Backseat Safety - English (PDF, 281 KB)
Backseat Safety - Spanish (PDF, 676 KB)
Basic Car Seat Safety - English (PDF, 124 KB)
Basic Car Seat Safety - Spanish (PDF, 148 KB)
Basic Car Safety for Kids Fact Sheet (PDF, 566 KB)
Booster Seat Safety Tips (PDF, 73 KB)
Car Seat Checklist for Parents (PDF, 61 KB)
Car Seat Safety Tips 2015 (PDF, 92 KB)
Driveway Safety Tips (PDF, 98 KB)
Heatstroke Safety Tips - English (PDF, 90 KB)
Heatstroke Safety Tips - Spanish (PDF, 91 KB)
Motor Vehicle Fact Sheet (PDF, 110 KB)
New Baby Checklist (PDF, 328 KB)
Seat Belt Safety Tips (PDF, 86 KB)
Used Car Seats are Not Always the Best Deal - English (PDF, 215 KB)
Used Car Seats are Not Always the Best Deal - Spanish (PDF, 1.2 MB)
What to Know About Booster Seats - Infographic (PDF, 155 KB)
What You Need to Know About Car Seat Recalls - Infographic (PDF, 57 KB)