Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week in the county.

Mindy Graver, who serves as the Chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, thanked commissioners for their support. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein serves on the group's board of directors.

"We've been working very closely with Safe Kids Pennsylvania and Safe Kids USA," she said. "We will be holding an event on Sept. 20 at Walmart (in Mahoning Township) to ensure that new recommendations from the American Pediatric (Association) are being promoted to parents."

The new recommendations include that children ride in rear-facing safety seats until they are two years old, and that children over two years use booster seats up the age of 12, she said.

The proclamation states that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14 years old, almost half of whom are completely unrestrained. Further, nearly three out of four child safety seats are used incorrectly.

Properly installing and using the seats reduces the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. An estimated 9,310 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2009, the proclamation states.