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Montefiore Nyack Hospital: Learn About Child Car Seat Safety During Child Passenger Safety Week

Nyack, N.Y. September 10, 2015- The Trauma Department at Montefiore Nyack Hospital is promoting Child Passenger Safety Week (September 13-19, 2015) as a good opportunity for parents to learn how to use car seats, booster seats and seat belts for children. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Every 34 seconds one child under age 13 is involved in a crash. From 2009 to 2013, over 3,300 children under the age of 13 were killed and an estimated 611,000 children were injured in car crashes. In 2013, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 263 lives were saved by child restraints, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

The use of child safety seats in passenger cars has been shown to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively. Most parents are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, but in most cases (59%) the seat has not been installed correctly.

To help keep children safe on the road, parents and caregivers can:

Use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts in the back seat—on every trip, no matter how short.

Rear-facing car seat from birth up to age 2

Buckle children in a rear-facing seat until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of that seat.

Forward-facing car seat from age 2 up to at least age 5

When children outgrow their rear-facing seat, they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat until at least age 5 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of that seat.

Booster seat from age 5 up until seat belt fits properly

Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be buckled in a booster seat until seat belts fit properly. The recommended height for proper seat belt fit is 57 inches tall.

Seat belt once it fits properly without a booster seat

Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck).

  • Install and use car seats according to the owner’s manual or get help installing them from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
  • Buckle children age 12 and under in the back seat.

According to Montefiore Nyack Hospital Trauma Program Manager, Jennifer M. Pastiglione, MSN, RN, APN, the Hospital’s Trauma Team sees patients from numerous car accidents each year, many involving children. She shares, “We care about the safety of your children and work hard to prevent unintentional injuries.On September 19th, there are several car seat check events being offered by law enforcement officials. We encourage you to take advantage of the free seat checks which will offer hands-on assistance with properly installing child and infant car seats.”

September 19


Child Safety Seat Check -Orange County
10:00a.m -12:00 p.m.
Goshen Village Hall,276 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
Agency: Village of Goshen Police Department
Contact: Patrolman Gregory Kelemen at(845) 294-7988

September 19


Child Safety Seat Check - Westchester County
11:00a.m -2:00 p.m.
Bedford Hills Memorial Park,60 Haines Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Agency: Bedford Police Department
Contact: Sgt. Fusco at(914) 241-3111

September 19


Child Safety Seat Check - Westchester County
10:00a.m -2:00 p.m.
Village of Rye Brook Firehouse,940 King Street
Rye Brook, NY 10573
Agency: Village of Rye Brook Police Department
Contact: Sgt. Luigi Greco or PO Paul D'Amore at(914) 937-1020