Announcing: National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20)
In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. In 2012, more than 1,100 children ages 14 years and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 176,000 were injured. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented. Data show that:
- Car seat use reduces the risk of death in car crashes by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children ages 4 to 8 years.
Read the recent MMWR announcement, CDC feature story, and CDC’s Vital Signs on child passenger safety to learn more about buckling the ones you love in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Additionally, you can participate in National Seat Check Saturday on September 20, when drivers with child passengers are encouraged to visit an inspection station to have a certified technician inspect their car seat and give hands-on advice free of charge. Locate a car seat inspection station in your area.
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