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Is your child’s car seat going to be effective in a crash?

Is your child’s car seat going to be effective in a crash?

For Immediate Release: Sep 22 2021
BISMARCK, N.D. – During national Child Passenger Safety Week, September 19-25, 2021, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages parents and caregivers to take time to ensure their car seats and booster seats fit their children appropriately and are correctly installed in the vehicle. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly.

Car seats and boosters are one of the easiest ways to keep children safe while traveling in a vehicle. NHTSA statesthat “when installed correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. Unfortunately, many parents misuse their car seats, and are unaware of it.”  

To meet federal safety standards, car seat manufacturers crash test their child seats according to how they have written their instruction manuals.  If seats are not installed in accordance with provided instructions, or they are installed in a modified manner, the seat may not perform as intended if there is a crash.

To correctly use a car seat for your child:
  • Read and carefully follow the instructions included with the car/booster seat and the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also visit the car seat manufacturer’s website to watch an installation video online.
  • Attend a local car seat checkup in your area to receive assistance from a certified child passenger safety technician. 
    • For North Dakota car seat checkup schedules visit the new, online resource maps .
    • To find a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician  (CPST) in your area, visit and select “find a tech”
    • Make an appointment at the virtual car seat checkup event on Sept. 25, 2021, and meet one-on-one with a CPST via Zoom to learn how to correctly use and install your car seat(s) from the safety and convenience of your home. Register online at: Child Passenger Safety Week is designed to increase awareness of the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. Parents and caregivers can set a good example by buckling up themselves. According to the NHTSA, restraint use for children driven by belted drivers is significantly higher than for those driven by unbelted drivers.
For more information, visit: or contact Dawn Mayer, Child Passenger Safety Program Director, at 701-328-4536.