JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KSDK) - Twelve children in Missouri died in traffic accidents last year and another 1,778 were injured in crashes.
The Missouri Coalition of Safety hopes to provide parents and caregivers with information to protect their children in automobiles during Child Passenger Safety Week.
Car crashes are the number one killer of children ages 1 to 12 in the United States.
Between September 16 and September 22, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to participate in a safety seat check up and consult with child safety experts.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study revealed that nearly 75 percent of parents don't know how to properly use child safety restraints. Technicians across Missouri will provide on-site car seat inspections on National Seat Check Saturday on September 22. To find a safety seat check event in your area, visit seatcheck.org.
Missouri law requires children under eight to be in a child safety seat or booster, unless they are at least 80 pounds or 4'9" tall.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, visit saveMOlives.com.