Child Passenger Safety - Know The Facts!
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the
United States. In 2000, motor vehicle crashes took the lives of more than 2,000
child passengers 15 years and younger and injured another 327,500. Of the
children fatally injured, more than two-thirds were not in age-appropriate
restraints or were completely unrestrained.
Just look at the stats! Seat restraints prevent injury and save lives. We ask everyone to buckle up and be happy you did.
- Motor vehicles continue to be the leading cause of death among children in
the United States.
- In the U.S., 2,062 child passengers ages 0-15 died in motor vehicle
crashes in 2000, and 327,500 sustained injuries requiring treatment in an
- Many of these injuries could have been prevented. In 2000, more than
two-thirds of the children fatally injured were not in age appropriate
restraints or were completely unrestrained. Child safety seats reduce the
risk of death by about 70% for infants and 55% for toddlers and infants.
Booster seats decrease injuries for children 4-8 years of age when compared
with seat belt use alone. For children 9 years and older, seat belts reduce
their risk of death by about 50%.
- Observational studies have found that fewer than 10% of 5-8 year olds use
booster seats, the recommended safety seat for this age group.
- All children ages 12 years and younger should ride in the back seat. This
eliminates the injury risk of deployed front passenger-side airbags and
places the child in the safest part of the vehicle in the event of a crash.
Riding in the back seat is associated with a 46% reduction in the risk of
fatal injury in cars with a front passenger-side airbag and at least a 30%
reduction in the risk of fatal injury in cars with no front passenger-side
- A 2000 telephone survey found that 24% of children ages 0-12 years, rode
in the front seat at least half the time. And unfortunately, as children
became older they were increasingly likely to ride in the front seat.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov)Last Editorial Review: 10/8/2002