Tips(TIPS (green) SOURCE: NHTSA, 2009)

State and national statistics show that passengers who are not properly buckled-up are at a much greater risk of serious injury or death in a car wreck. The risk of serious injury is particularly significant for infants and young children. Furthermore, West Virginia law requires that children below a certain age be properly buckled-up.

Every driver who transports a child under the age of eight years in a passenger vehicle other than one operated for hire shall, while the motor vehicle is moving and operating on a street or highway of this state, provide the protection of the child by properly placing and securing the child in a child passenger safety seat meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards (W. Va. Code § 17C-15-46).

• Everybody needs a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt!

• There must be one safety belt for each person. Buckling two people, even children, into one belt could injure both.

• People who are not buckled up can be thrown from the car or around inside the car, and seriously hurt themselves or others.

• Never hold a child on your lap! You could crush him/her in a crash, or the child may be torn from your arms.

• Never ride in the cargo area of a station wagon, van, or pickup! Anyone riding in the cargo area could be thrown out and severely injured or killed.

• No one seat is 'best', The 'best' child safety seat is the one that fits your child and can be installed correctly.

• Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in back.

• To do its job, a child safety seat must be held tightly against the vehicle seat back. If the lap part of the safety belt is not tight or the child safety seat slides around on the vehicle seat, the child may not be protected by the safety seat.

• ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the child safety seat and the section on child safety seats (child restraints) in the vehicle owner's manual.

• If you cannot attach the seat tightly, contact the child safety seat or vehicle manufacturer customer service number for help or contact the U.S. Department of Transportation Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT

(1-888-327-4236) or www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

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