IDOT, Secretary of State and AAA launch
National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois
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[September 20, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Secretary of State,
American Academy of Pediatrics – Illinois Chapter and AAA have launched
2014 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois. The annual
campaign brings attention to the importance of properly securing all
children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
The focus of this year’s campaign is increasing awareness of the
need to keep children rear facing until at least age 2. Studies show
that children in their second year of life are five times less
likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if restrained
rear-facing compared to forward-facing. Campaign partners are
hosting a webinar for pediatricians, family practitioners and other
medical personnel at noon on Thursday, Sept. 18. Dr. Marilyn Bull,
of the Riley Hospital for Children, will discuss the American
Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Transporting Children.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages
1 through 13 years old. Based on National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) crash data, on average nearly two children
under the age of 13 were killed and 338 were injured each day while
riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans in 2011. In Illinois, an
all-time high of 94.1 percent of front-seat occupants wear seat
belts and 86.5 percent of children are traveling in car seats.
However, IDOT data shows that only 59.5 percent of those car seats
are being used correctly.
According to manufacturer instructions, parents and grandparents are
encouraged to follow NHTSA and the American Academy of Pediatrics’
car seat recommendation to keep children in their specific restraint
types for as long as possible. For maximum safety, a parent or
caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a
certified child passenger safety technician to ensure their children
are in the right seats for their age and size.
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Additional guidelines are as follows:
- Rear-Facing Seats: In the back seat from birth to the height
and weight limit of the seat. Recommended up to 2 years old, but
at a minimum age 1 and 20 pounds.
- Forward-Facing Seats: In the back seat when the child has
reached the height or weight limit of the rear-facing seat to
about age four and 40-65 pounds.
- Booster Seats: In the back seat from about age 4 to at least
- Seat Belts: At age 8 and older and taller than 4’9’’.
In addition, all children, age 12 or younger, should ride in
the back seat. As of Jan. 1, 2012, seat belt use is required in
all seated positions.
Parents are reminded to register their car seats in order to
receive important lifesaving recall updates.
For more information on child passenger safety and on statewide
seat checks that are taking place Sept. 20, visit
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