Information on Child Passenger Safety: What You Need to Know

A new study by the CDC found that more than 600,000 children ages 0 through 12 rode in vehicles without the use of a safety seat or booster seat or even a seat belt. In 2015, 35% of children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash were not secured in proper safety seats or booster seat.

The risk of severe and fatal injuries can be dramatically reduced just by buckling children in age/size appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Children less than a year old who are in car seats are 71% less at risk of death, and the risk of death is reduced by 54% for toddlers in car seats.

The chance of serious injury is reduced 45% for children aged in booster seats (ages 4-8) when compared with seat belt use alone. Adults and older children can lessen the risk of death and serious injury by nearly 50% if wearing a seat belt correctly.

Scope of the Problem Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States.1 But many of these deaths can be prevented. In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2015,4 and more than 121,350 were…

Read the full article at: www.cdc.gov

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