Toyota of Orlando wants to make sure your kids are safe in their booster seats, car seats and seat belts!
It is sad to say that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. They also mention that many of these deaths are preventable. “Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half…”
It is hard to believe that in 2009 more than 1,300 children 14 and younger lost their lives in car crashes. The amount of children injured in car accidents top 179,000 across the US. That sounds unbelievable doesn’t it? Check out the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They have all the statistics posted clearly.
Another Study by the c showed that a major factor in those fatalities is the fact that child-restraint system we used incorrectly. It showed that 72% of almost 3,500 car and booster seats checked were improperly being used to the point where it would increase the chances of the child getting hurt in a crash.
While Toyota of Orlando is sad to hear those alarming stats, there is good news. For parents looking for a little extra help can go to the Orange County Fire Rescue! The Orange County Fire Rescue offers free car seat safety inspections on the second Tuesday of the month at local fire stations. Parents can call 407.836.9886 x 1 to schedule an appointment for the inspection. The inspection location changes monthly so make sure to confirm the station when scheduling an appointment.
To help you before the trip to the Orange County Fire Rescue here are some helpful tips from the CDC.
Always wear a seat belt and make sure the kids are buckled up, too. By setting a good example now for children, their good safety habits are more likely to stick with them.
Ensure that children are properly buckled in their seat belts or booster or car seats at all times, based on their age, height, and weight.
Toyota of Orlando Tells You About Safety Seat Guidelines!
Birth through age two—children should be positioned and buckled into rear-facing child-safety seats;
Between the ages of two to four or until the child reaches 40 pounds—buckled into a forward-facing car seat in the back seat;
Between ages four to eight or until the child is four feet nine inches tall—buckled into a booster seat positioned in the back seat; and
After age eight and/or four feet nine inches tall—children should always be buckled into their seatbelts, and kids should still use a booster seat until the adult seat belt fits them properly (this means that the lap belt lays across the upper thighs—not the stomach—and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (not the neck).
It is also recommended by the CDC that any child under 13 years old should ride in the back seat. If an accident should happen, the airbag deploying could cause more harm than good. The impact combined with the airbag has the ability to cause death. The safest spot is in the middle of the rear seat. They highly recommend putting your child there whenever it is possible.
Visit Toyota of Orlando and get a family friendly vehicle!
Toyota of Orlando wants to make sure you and your children are safe. That is why we are problem to offer new Toyota cars that are all equipped with the Star Safety System. The Star Safety System is a group of features that make new Toyota’s safer than ever. Additionally, each Toyota is equipped with state-of-the-art airbag systems.
Parent’s magazine and Edmunds.com backed by Toyota by naming the Toyota Prius V, Camry and Sienna best family cars for 2012.
If you are ready to upgrade to a safer new Toyota for your family, visit Toyota of Orlando. We will be happy to get you into a car that you know is safe. Give us a call at 888-725-3520!