New figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that 59 percent of car seats are misused. With these statistics in mind, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is participating in the NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week campaign from Sept. 18-24. This campaign is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers ensure that their children ride as safely as possible every time they get into a vehicle. Parents are urged to understand how each car seat or booster works and to ensure that children are safely secured on every trip. The safest place for all children under the age of 13 is in the back seat of a vehicle. Moving children from the back seat to the front prematurely increases the risk of injury and death. NHTSA recommends keeping children in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the seat. Once a child outgrows a rear-facing seat, he or she can travel in a forward-facing car seat with harness and tether. For more information on car seat safety you can attend the Putnam County Hospital’s Car Seat Check Clinic the be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 5pm to 7pm.