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2012 Child Passenger Safety Week

For immediate release:

DOVER, MA – This week, September 16 – 22, is Child Passenger Safety Week, and the Dover Police Department with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strive to educate parents and caregivers about car seat recommendations for children from birth through age 12, to ensure they are in the right car restraints (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for their age and size.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-12 years old. According to the NHTSA, from 2006 to 2010, 4,028 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and an estimated 660,000 were injured, in motor vehicle traffic crashes – more than the entire population of Boston.

To find out for sure if you have your child in the right car seat, visit safercar.gov/therightseat. The site also has important information on car seat use, recall notifications, and NHTSA’s car seat ease-of-use ratings.

To schedule an installation or evaluation of your car seat, contact DPD’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, Officer Dave Chaisson, at 508-785-1130. This service is provided at no charge.

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