Parents of young kids are being encouraged to make sure their children are properly secured when traveling in a vehicle. This is National Child Safety Passenger Week. Jon Nelson is the chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. He says that, like most other technology, car seats are continuously evolving, and that requires education to make sure they are being used properly and are the right fit for your child.
In 2018, 10 children under the age of 8 were killed in traffic crashes. Over 1100 citations were issued for drivers who failed to properly secure their children. Kids under four years old or children under 40 lbs are required to be in a car seat. Kids ages 4-8 that weigh under 80 lbs and are shorter than 4’9 also must be in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat.