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Monday, March 10, 2014
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Each year, nearly 1,800 children 14 and under, die in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 274,000 children are injured. Riding unrestrained is the greatest risk factor for death and injury among child occupants of motor vehicles. Children who are not restrained are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or even death in motor vehicle crashes. Yet approximately 30 percent of children ages 4 and under ride unrestrained, and of those who do buckle up, 4 out of 5 children are improperly secured. Only 5 percent of 4 to 8-year-olds ride in booster seats.
(National SAFEKIDS Campaign 1-800-441-1888)
(Information from SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP flyer)
SAFE KIDS coalitions across the country have launched child safety seat inspection stations. The inspection stations will offer parents and caregivers personal instruction from certified technicians on the proper use and installation of child safety seats. They will also offer set hours of operation, so parents and caregivers can plan their schedules accordingly. For more information, contact a SAFE KIDS coalition near you. http://www.safekids.org/.
Adapted from information prepared by the Rainbow Community Safety & Resource Center, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Sources: National SAFEKIDS Campaign, SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
Last Reviewed: Jun 20, 2006
Walter Chwals, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
Formerly, Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University