A new statistic reveals that more than a third of children under the age of 13 who died in car crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.
According to the report, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for children.
In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 260 children under the age of 5 were saved by child safety restraints.
And from 1975 to 2011, approximately 10-thousand child passengers were saved by the use of seat belts, booster seats or car seats.
As part of child passenger safety week, more than 600 events in 45 states across the country will have certified technicians available to inspect car seats and show parents how to correctly install and use them.
To find out if your child is in the right car seat for his or her age and size, log onto www.SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat