* Never position a child in the path of a front air bag. Kids of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the back seat.
* Always keep a child secured in a child restraint. Make sure the harness straps and the seat itself are not loose and that your child is the right age and weight for the restraint used.
* Before getting into the vehicle, check for children around the area, behind your vehicle and in the street. When backing out, roll down the window and listen to hear if children are playing near your car or calling out to you, check rearview and side mirrors for children (or pets) and honk to give a warning that you are moving your car.
* Never let your child ride on your lap. It is not only unsafe, it is illegal in all 50 states.
Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge service specialists provide these additional reminders for child safety:
* Never leave a child unattended in a car.
* Always keep the car locked, including the trunk or hatch.
* Keep fold-down seats in the upright and closed position so children do not crawl into the trunk.
* Keep car keys out of reach and sight of children.
* If a child gets locked in a car and cannot get out, immediately call 911 for assistance.
There is no substitute for having a child's safety seat professionally checked.
Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers offer two free services and informational Web sites to assist parents: SEATCHECK, a toll-free hotline and Web site listing more than 3,000 child seat inspection stations across the country (1-866-SEAT-CHECK; www.seatcheck.org) and Fit for a Kid, a dealer-based child safety seat inspection service (1-877-FIT-4-A-KID; www.fitforakid.org).
Safety seat inspections are available by appointment at participating Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers for anyone, regardless of make or model vehicle they drive. For more information, visit your local Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealership.