Amica Reminds Motorists to Buckle Up Children for National Child Passenger Safety Week

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It's National Child Passenger Safety Week and Amica Insurance reminds motorists to make sure all children are buckled into appropriate seats. Follow the 4 Steps for Kids guidelines issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. NHTSA also is offering a National Seat Check on Saturday.

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That's why it's imperative that parents and caregivers protect their youngest passengers

To mark National Child Passenger Safety Week, Amica Insurance would like to remind all motorists to make sure your child passengers are buckled into appropriate seats.

Every hour, 150 children under the age of 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 1,400 children under age 14 died – an average of four children a day – in 2008 alone, the CDC reported.

“That’s why it’s imperative that parents and caregivers protect their youngest passengers,” said Lisa Melton, an assistant vice president with Amica Insurance, who has two young children. “Make sure all of your passengers use child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts that are appropriate for your child’s age and weight.”

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reminds motorists that the back seat is the safest place for all children under age 12. In addition, the agency offers the 4 Steps for Kids guidelines:

  • Babies should typically be placed in rear-facing car seats until they are at least 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds
  • When babies move into forward-facing car seats, they should remain in these until they’re about 4 years old and 40 pounds.
  • Booster seats should generally be used for children ages 4 to 8, or until they reach 4 feet 9 inches tall.
  • When children outgrow a booster seat, they can use the adult seat belt as long as it fits properly. The shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the chest and shoulder and not across the neck or throat. The lap belt should fit snuggly across the upper thigh, not the stomach.

The NHTSA notes that as many as three out of every four parents do not properly use child restraints. The agency is sponsoring a National Seat Check on Sept. 25, when certified technicians will inspect your child safety seat and show you how to correctly install and use it. Visit their website, http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS, to find a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station near you.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also recently released its list of the best booster seats available. For more information, visit http://www.iihs.org.

“Next time you head out in the car, make sure all of your passengers – especially the youngest and most vulnerable – are safe and secure,” Melton said.

CONTACT:    Vince Burks , Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563    
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