HEALTH WATCH-This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week.
Triple A is joining organizations nationwide to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure your children are riding safe and secure.
Representatives say, all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
I caught up with Garrett Townsend, the Georgia Public Affairs Director of Triple A and the Auto Club Group.
He says parents and caregivers are often anxious to turn their young children forward-facing in their car seats too soon.
He says this poses as a problem because children below the age of two who ride forward-facing– are at a greater risk of head, neck and spinal cord injuries if involved in a collision.
Townsend is pleading with parents of young children to consider practicing this simple safety tip.
“About 60 percent of vehicle crashes are involved in frontal impact. So that certainly can put your child in danger and these are very simple things to do to make sure that they’re properly secure but in the case of a crash, they’re being properly secure could mean they’re life ,” says Townsend.
Representatives add, 20 percent of crashes are side impacts.
Triple A is encouraging adults to set a good example for children by buckling up every trip regardless of seat location.
For more information on car seat safety, visit www.safeseats4kids.aaa.com .