Childproof Your Ride
Most parents know how important it is to childproof their home, but safety shouldn’t stop at the front door. Did you know that vehicle-related injuries are the #1 killer of children? Learn about the hidden dangers you never knew your children faced in and around your vehicle and what you can do about it….
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Car safety seats, boosters, and seat belts provide excellent protection for children. It is very important to install and use your car seat correctly every time your child is in the car. LEARN HOW
Every year, thousands of children are injured or killed because a driver could not see them while backing up or slowly pulling forward in parking lots and driveways. These tragedies are 100% preventable. LEARN MORE
In 2018, 51 children died in hot cars, the worst year in history. Most hot car deaths happen when a loving, responsible parent or caregiver looses awareness of the child in the back seat or the child gets into a vehicle on their own. The worst thing anyone can do is think this could not happen to them. Create simple habits and these tragedies can be easily prevented. LEARN MORE
Ever wondered what you would do if you saw a child alone in a hot car? Being prepared with the right tools and knowledge can be the difference between life and death for a child or animal. LEARN MORE
Each year hundreds of children are hospitalized or even killed after accidentally setting a car into motion. These tragedies usually take place when a child is left alone inside a vehicle or when a child gets into a vehicle on their own. In many vehicles, your foot doesn’t have to be on the brake to put the car in gear. LEARN MORE
What could go wrong?
Children are injured or even killed after being left alone in vehicles for “just a minute” more often than you might think. Some of the risks your children face alone in cars include falls, car theft with your child in the back seat, power window strangulation or amputation, knocking cars into gear, seat belt strangulation, choking, vehicle fire, etc. LEARN MORE
Hundreds of children are left alone in cars that are then stolen every year. These are crimes of opportunity and the thieves rarely realize they’re taking a child until after they have already stolen the vehicle. LEARN MORE
From toddlers to teens, children have been known to take the car for a spin and these situations never end well. LEARN MORE
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that is emitted by running vehicles and can quickly cause disorientation, sudden illness or even death. Protecting your family is easy with a few simple tips. LEARN MORE
Power windows in vehicles have killed or injured thousands of children. It takes just 22 pounds of force to suffocate or injure an infant while power windows can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force. LEARN MORE
Did you know that you can lock the rear car doors so that they cannot be opened from the inside – but only be opened from the outside? What are the risks for engaging these locks? LEARN MORE
If your car is older than model year 2002, you may not have an emergency trunk release. Many children have died in the trunks of cars without one, but none have died in cars with a trunk release. Safeguard your car today for less than $10 by adding an aftermarket trunk release. LEARN MORE
State child vehicle safety laws should be the bare minimum when it comes to protecting your child, especially related to car seat safety. Want to know what the laws are in your state? LEARN MORE
The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road—your child is much safer taking a bus to and from school than traveling by car. The greatest risk to your child is getting to and from the school bus. LEARN MORE
Always register your purchases (vehicles, car seats, tires, other baby-related items) so you receive important safety recall notices.
For instructions on how to check for vehicle, car seat, tire and other vehicle equipment recalls visit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
Home Childproofing Resources:
Charlie’s House – dedicated to preventing injuries of children in and around the home.