Its Child Passenger Safety Week
Monday, September 15, 2014
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Join the ATS, as we celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week and work to prevent/reduce these statistics.
The goal this week (September 14th-20th) is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly securing all children in the right car restraints (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat or seat belt) for their ages and sizes. The week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on September 20, when certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available around the country at car seat events across the country to offer advice and instruction.
Here are some important statistics:
Car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes.
- Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.
- During the 5-year period from 2008 to 2012, more than 3,390 children were killed in car crashes. In addition, an estimated 613,000 children were injured.
- In 2012 alone, 121,000 children under age 13 were injured as passengers in car crashes.
- Based on U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data, in 2012 on average, nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed and 332 were injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.
- In 2012, over one third (37%) of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.
- Every 34 seconds one child, under age 13, is involved in a crash.
Car seats save lives and work best when used correctly.
- In 2012, among children under the age of 5 in cars, an estimated 284 lives were saved by child restraints.
- An additional 58 children could have lived if car seat use was 100 percent.
- Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in cars.
- All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have laws requiring children to be restrained while riding in cars. Some States now require kids to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until age 9.
- Failure to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with a car seat as well as those in the vehicle owner's manual can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to grave risk of serious injury or death in a crash.