Child Passenger Safety Outreach - Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association

Child Passenger Safety Outreach

Our Safe Travel For Kids!!™ outreach initiative motors into its 10th year in 2021. Inspired by our relationship with Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC),  GCADA celebrates National Child Passenger Safety Month each September by creating awareness for the best strategies to keep your children safe on the road as well as tips for the correct use of child restraint systems. Watch for tips and information on our social media platforms, television public service announcements and be sure to scroll down to register for our annual safety seat giveaway.

This year, we’re highlighting the lifesaving value of applying an emergency contact information ID sticker to a child’s safety seat. First responders are trained to look for ID stickers should a driver become unresponsive following a motor vehicle accident. Stickers are simple to create and are an easy step you can take to protect a child’s future. Here’s a sample sticker you can save by simply right clicking on the image: 

REGISTER FOR OUR SEPTEMBER SAFETY SEAT GIVEAWAY

Each September we team with Evenflo and CCIC to bring our web visitors the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one six Evenflo® EveryFit™ 4-in-1 Car Seats and/or one of six Evenflo Maestro™ Sport Harness Booster seats along with a virtual seat check.

Registrations for our 2021 giveaway have closed, but encourage you to review the resources we’ve assembled on this page to help keep children safe on the road.

The EveryKid 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat gets children from one adventure to the next with enduring safety, comfort and confidence. Engineered for maximum comfort, safety, and longevity, the seat accommodates children by adjusting to multiple positions that allow them to ride rear-facing beyond two years of age without either extending the seat or cramping other passengers. The all-in-one car seat provides a safe and secure ride for as long as a decade. Parents and grandparents love the Quick Connector LATCH and belt lock offs that enable an easy and tight installation. EveryKid 4-in-1 can be used as a rear-facing car seat with harness, forward-facing car seat with harness, belt-positioning high-back booster, and no-back booster that helps keep children weighing from 4 to 120 pounds secure while riding in a vehicle..

CLICK HERE for MORE ABOUT THE EVERYKID 4-in-1

The Maestro™ Sport stage one accommodates children weighing between 22 and 110 pounds utilizing a 5-point harness for children at least age 2. Stage two allows parents to use the vehicle belt to secure the seat as a high-back booster for at least age 4. The up-front harness adjustment is centralized, making it easy to properly tighten the harness. As children grow, the shoulder belt guide assists parents in positioning the vehicle’s belt across a child’s shoulder to provide optimal safety. Children appreciate the dual integrated cup holders that keep snacks and drinks secure. The removable, machine-washable seat pad allows for easy cleanup of any messes, too.

CLICK HERE for MORE ABOUT THE MAESTRO™ SPORT 2-in-1 BOOSTER SEAT

Our giveaway has concluded and winners will be directly contacted! Good luck and travel safe!

Help promote Child Passenger Safety Month

Click the button to download a flyer you can display in your business all September!

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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY RESOURCES

Check out great child seat installation tips from Angela and the team from the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center.

Begin with consulting your safety seat and vehicle owners’ manuals

 
How to properly install a safety seat base


Install a rear-facing convertible seat

 
How to properly harness an infant in a safety seat

How to properly adjust a child’s safety seat harness


 
Install a forward-facing safety seat

Harnessing a child in a forward-facing seat

 
Securing your child in a booster seat

 

Scroll down to learn more about child restraint laws, area car seat fitting stations and other resources to ensure your’s and all children stay safe during every ride!

CLICK HERE to SIGN UP for a CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S VIRTUAL CAR SEAT CHECK

CLICK HERE for a CHILD RESTRAINT SEAT GUIDE CLICK HERE FOR CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY SEAT FITTING STATIONS
CLICK HERE for NHTSA SEAT RECALL INFORMATION CLICK HERE for the CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S CAR SEAT SAFETY GUIDE

CLICK HERE for REGIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY SEAT LAWS

The fine for violation of the Ohio Child Restraint and Booster Seat Laws is $25 – $75 for the first offense. The second offense is punishable by as many as 30 days in jail.

Relevant Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana child passenger safety laws follow.

SAFE KIDS Worldwide Ultimate Child Passenger Safety Guide

Our friends at Safe Kids Worldwide have created the Ultimate Car Seat Guide to help answer your questions about all things car and booster seats. 

CLICK HERE for the GUIDE

Ohio Child Restraint Law

Requires children up to 4 years old AND 40 pounds to be restrained in a child restraint seat that meets federal standards and is correctly used according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Ohio Booster Seat Law

Requires children over 40 pounds or ages 4 years up to 8 years old unless 4’9” to be restrained in a booster seat.

Did You Know…???

1.  Nearly 75 percent of child passenger safety seats are incorrectly installed? Your child’s seat should not move more than an one inch at the belt path. Don’t give an inch when it comes to your child’s safety, consult your seat and vehicle’s owner’s manuals for proper instructions and remember professional installation assistance is just a phone call away. 

2.  A child must ride rear-facing until at least 1 year and 20 lbs. However, research indicates and the AAP recommends that children should ride rear-facing up to age 2 or to the upper weight and height limit of their car seat.

3.  A child should ride in a child restraint with an internal harness as long as possible. Many seats can be used up to 50, 65, or 80 pounds with an internal harness. Some of these seats can then be used as a booster seat. These seats could be an excellent choice for a younger child that is either heavier or taller.

4. High back boosters are a good choice for transitioning a child from a child restraint to a booster seat especially if the child falls asleep in the car. The high back boosters might also offer protection if the vehicle has a side airbag as the high back booster with “side wings” helps to keep the child correctly positioned in the vehicle away from the window. Some of the high back boosters can become a no-back booster.

5. No back booster seats might be a good choice for an older child that does not want anyone to know that they are in a booster seat. It would also work well for a child that is in a carpool since it is lightweight and easy to transport. Parents/caregivers need to make sure that either a headrest or the vehicle seat back is adjusted so that the back of the child’s head is protected.

6. Booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts!

7. Did you know that car seats expire? It is recommended to not use a car seat six years after the manufacturer date, unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer. Check with the manufacture before reusing the seat for another child.

Indiana Child Restraint Law

Requires all children less than eight years of age to be properly restrained in a federally approved child restraint system, which can include a belt positioning booster seat.

Kentucky Child Restraint Law

Requires children 40 inches or less to be restrained in a child restraint seat that meets federal standards and is correctly used according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Kentucky Booster Seat Law

Requires children between 40 and 50 inches tall and ages 6 or younger to be restrained in a booster seat.

ALWAYS FOLLOW MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS!

For more information contact:

Angela Campos
Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center
Cincinnati Children’s

(513) 636-8014 | angela.campos@cchmc.org
or ccic_department@cchmc.org