Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety

Definition: Child passenger safety requires consistent use of correctly installed safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts that are appropriate for a child's size and age.

Magnitude of the Problem:

  • Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of death among children, according to the CDC.
  • An average of 4 children, ages 14 and under, were killed, and 529 were injured every day in motor vehicle crashes, in 2008 (NHTSA)
  • According to Safe Kids:
    • 31% of the passenger deaths for children under the age of 4 and 42% of passenger deaths for children ages 4-7 were not restrained in 2009.  Child safety seats and belts can reduce fatal injury by up to 71% for infants and 54% for children ages 1-4.
    • Approximately 1,900 children ages 0-14 die in motor vehicle-related accidents every year since 2000.

Prevention: Strategies to improve child passenger safety include:

  • child safety seat laws, which have been adopted by all states and which have reduced fatal injuries to children by 35% and all injuries to children by 17%
  • child safety seat distribution and education
  • community-wide information and enhanced enforcement campaigns
  • incentive and education programs that provide rewards to parents or children for the purchase and proper use of child safety seats
  • safety seat education that is provided by health care professionals in clinical settings

Distracted Driving among Teens: What We Know about It and How to Prevent It

Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. (1) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that  in 2015 “Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.” (2) According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distraction was a factor in 58 percent of 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. (3) Distracted driving includes activities such as using a cell phone, texting, and eating while driving.

CSN Webinar
May 31 2017

Child Passenger Safety: 2016 Resource Guide

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children ages one through 14 (CDC, 2016). In 2013, an average of three children were killed and 470 were injured every day in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. (NHTSA, 2015). Child passenger safety requires consistent use of correctly installed safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts that are appropriate for a child’s size and age. Child safety seats, when used correctly, can reduce fatalities by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers (NHTSA, 2013).

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CSN Resource Guide

Disparities in Child Passenger Safety

This CSN infographic focuses on the disparities in child passenger deaths and offers prevention strategies.

Download a print version of the infographic

This CSN infographic focuses on the disparities in child passenger deaths and offers prevention strategies.

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CSN Infographic

South to Southwest S2SW Webinar Georgia's Child Passenger Safety Laws

The South to Southwest Injury Prevention network continues its series of webinars on injury prevention policy with a look at child passenger safety. Strong and effective child passenger safety laws are a key part of keeping our kids safe on the road. Georgia has a long history of success thanks to successful partnerships between public health, law enforcement, and citizens who joined together to advocate for child passenger safety.

CSN Webinar
Jul 26 2012

Heatstroke Prevention: Spread the Word, Save a Life

Heatstroke can happen anytime. Anywhere. We don’t want to see this happen to any family. Working together to spread the word can increase the chances of saving a life. The webinar will educate, inform and provide valuable resources that are available today and an overview on how to get started in 2014 before the summer season begins.

Safe Kids Worldwide will provide:

• an overview of the 2013 campaign and heatstroke

• tools to activate a local, state or regionally campaign

• turnkey ideas to raise public awareness

• “new” social media plan

CSN Webinar
Aug 29 2013

Why Car Seats Matter

Release Date: 
2014-09-15 00:00:00

Is my child in the right car seat? Is it installed correctly? These are  questions that many parents struggle to answer. It is also the theme of this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week, which takes place September 14-20th, 2014. Child passenger safety is a critical issue. Motor vehicle-related injuries are a leading cause of death for children. Every day in the U.S., three children die and 469 children are injured due to motor vehicles crashes. Fortunately, child passenger fatalities have decreased 46% since 2002.

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

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Injury Prevention Links


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