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Seat Belts, Car Seats Highlight Child Passenger Safety Week

September 18-24 is Child Passenger Safety Week, and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the importance of proper car seat and seat belt usage and how it can save your child’s life.

Need to be Used Every Trip, says Transportation Secretary

In an effort to increase awareness of correct car seat usage, the NHTSA says hundreds of safety events are being held this week across the country. Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to make sure car seats are properly installed and to educate parents and caregivers about how to register their car seat in case of a recall, says the NHTSA.

A child’s size and age helps determine what kind of car seat is appropriate. Parents can find out how to pick the right car seat by visiting the NHTSA’s car seat safety website.

When not Buckled, Their Safety is in Jeopardy

The NHTSA says the safety of future generations is at risk by not properly restraining children during car rides.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

  • Car seat use reduces the risk of death to infants by 71 percent and to toddlers by 54% in passenger vehicles.
  • In addition, booster seat usage reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4 – 8 years when compared to seat belt use alone.

New statistics were just released by the NHTSA about booster seat usage in 2015. Here are some key findings regarding booster seats and the safety they provide:

  • Booster seat use among children age 4-7 was 44.5 percent in 2015.
  • 4 percent of children age 4-7 were not being properly restrained.
    • 8 percent were restrained by seat belts.
    • 6 percent were unrestrained.
  • Hispanic and African American children tended to have lower restraint use.
    • Restraint use in the Hispanic 1 to 12 year old age group was lower than the national average.
    • Non-Hispanic African American children 8 to 12 years old had the lowest restraint use across all age groups at 72.4 percent.

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