VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to check child safety seats.
Child Passenger Safety Week runs from Sept. 23-29 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash,” stated Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach. “Using age and size-appropriate child restraints is the best way to keep your child safe.”
Riggenbach provided information on Ohio’s Child Restraint Law:
• Children who are younger than age 4 and/or less than 40 pounds must be in properly used child restraints in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
• Children younger than age 8, unless they have reached 4-foot-9 in height, must be properly secured in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions in booster seats or child restraints that meet the federal motor vehicle safety standards.
• Children who are 8-15 years of age must be properly restrained in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions in child restraints, booster seats or seat belts regardless of front or back seat occupancy.
For details, visit www.safercar.gov/parents.