Curbing the Leading Cause of Death for Kids

September 21, 2011

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States according to the CDC. In more than two-thirds of these cases, children are killed while riding with a drinking driver. But even safe drivers have accidents—and the way a child is riding in a car plays a big role in determining the extent of injuries received during an accident or near-accident. The proper kind, size and placement of car seats for children can make a big difference.  If kids aren’t properly restrained, even maneuvers to avoid an accident can cause injuries.

Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all kids sit in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old? It can make a big difference: researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia find that for kids ages 4 to 7, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59 percent compared to seat belts alone.

Wednesday, September 21at 2 PM Eastern, @childseatsafety will host a live Twitter Q&A with NHTSA experts. Use the hashtag #CPSweek to join!

More good news:there is strong evidence that child safety seat laws, public education programs and safety campaigns are effective in increasing child safety seat use. The mother of all these campaigns happens every September.

Child Passenger Safety Week – September 18-24

Every year, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration sponsors a week-long event to raise awareness about child passenger safety. This year, it’s September 18-24, 2011. During the week, communities across the country host free car seat inspections, fix and problems and offer hands-on advice.

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Find your local inspection sites and  other activities on the Child Passenger Safety Week site.

For More Information

Child Passenger Safety

Facts, video demos, a growth chart, social media streams and more—that’s what you’ll find on this site from the Ad Council and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. You can also get recall notices, car seat ratings and more.

Safe Kids USA

You’ll find a range of safety tips, guides and information on the SafeKids site. 

National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA): Car Seat Recommendations for Children
Select a car seat based on your child's age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.

American Association of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats and Transportation Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1 to 21. The AAP has information on topics ranging from car safety seats to school buses to teen driving.

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