Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 20-26



Every day in America, millions of parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are properly buckled in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes, many are not.


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, NHTSA sponsors Child Passenger Safety Week each year, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible — every trip, every time.


Jessica Johnson, an LPN and CPST at Northeast Pediatrics, wants to remind parents that it’s critical to use car seats that age- and size-appropriate is the best way to keep your child safe. According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference.



Too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death, even if they are buckled up. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat. According to NHTSA, in 2015, about 25.8% of children 4 to 7 who should have been riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6% were unbuckled altogether.


NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight allowed for their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible,” or all-in-one, car seat. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and a tether.


After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with a harness, your child should be placed in a booster seat until he/she the right size to use a seat belt safely. Regardless of weight and/or height, children under 13 should always sit in the back seat.


Remember to register your car seat or booster seat with the seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall.


As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Northeast Pediatrics at 660.627.2229.

Northeast Family Health

1506 Crown Drive       

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-4493

Hours: M, T, TH: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wed: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Diabetes & Nutrition Center

1506 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone: (660) 627-4493,  Ext. 412

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Edina Family Health

104 E. Jackson

Edina, MO  63537

Phone: (660) 397-3517

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Northeast Dental 

402 W. Jefferson Suite C

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 665-2741

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kahoka Dental 

248 N. Morgan

Kahoka, MO  63445

Phone: (660) 727-1500

Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Northeast Family Health - Milan 

52334 S. Business Highway 5

Milan, MO  63556

Phone: (660) 265-1042

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Macon Family Health & Macon Dental

209 N. Missouri

Macon, MO  63552

Phone:  (660) 395-5045

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Northeast Behavioral Health 

1410 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 627-3621

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

OB/GYN Specialty Group 

402 W. Jefferson Suite B

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 665-3555

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kirksville Veterans Clinic

506 Rosewood Drive

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 627-8387

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Northeast Pediatrics 

402 W. Jefferson Suite A

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-2229

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Business Office

1416 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone: (660) 627-5757, Ext. 5

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Administrative Offices 

1416 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-5757 

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C 254b, and deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S. C. 233(g)-(n)

 

Northeast Missouri Health Council is a FTCA deemed facility. Malpractice coverage is provided under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

 

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