Child Passenger Safety Week in North Carolina Brings Awareness to Parents and Caregivers
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Child Passenger Safety Week in North Carolina Brings Awareness to Parents and Caregivers

Children younger than age 16 are required to be properly restrained when riding in a motor vehicle

September 20, 2017

Every day too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Other children ride while completely unbuckled.

Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed September 17-24, 2017 as Child Passenger Safety Week and September 23, 2017 as Child Passenger Safety Day in North Carolina.

"Safety of our citizens, especially our state's most valuable asset, our children, is our main priority," said Dr. Cheryl Leonard, assistant director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP). "Our goal is to considerably decrease child crash injuries and fatalities though offering child safety seat technicians with the tools to properly educate parents about child restraint and partnering with law enforcement in their commitment in enforcing child passenger safety laws."

Every Trip, Every Time

Child Passenger Safety Week aims to bring awareness to parents and caregivers to make sure their children ride as safely as possible, every trip, every time. Child Passenger Safety Day will host Seat Check Saturday on September 23, giving parents and caregivers across the state the opportunity to stop at one of 241 permanent checking stations.

Certified technicians will check car seats and booster seats to be sure they are properly installed and appropriate for the child's age, weight, and height.

NC Child Passenger Safety Law

The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Law requires children younger than age 16 to be properly restrained in an age, weight, and height appropriate restraint when riding in a motor vehicle. It is the responsibility of every parent and child caregiver to understand how to correctly use these restraints.

Children should ride rear-facing as long as possible (at least until age 2) up to the top height or weight allowed by their seat. Once your child outgrows the seat's rear-facing capabilities, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat by height or weight, children should ride in a booster seat until the seat belt fits properly on its own.

Learn More

To learn more about Child Passenger Safety Week, Seat Check Saturday, and the state's occupant restraint laws—visit the GHSP website or