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

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Resource Guide 2013

CSN is pleased to provide this resource guide on the critical issue of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Studies have found that the four most common causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle/traffic crashes, struck by/against events, and assaults (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention 2010). In this resource guide, we provide information on fall prevention, motor vehicle safety,bicycle safety, sports safety, and abuse prevention as they relate to the prevention of TBI.

Resource Type: 
CSN Resource Guide

Traffic Safety Facts Traffic Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) researches traffic safety in order to reduce accidents. The NHTSA provides the public with information on safety topics, such as safety belts and child seats, air bags, and defects in motor vehicles. Traffic Tech is a publication produced by NHTSA.

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Useful Publications

Childhood Injury: Cost and Prevention Facts - Child Safety Seats: How large are the benefits and who should pay?

This fact sheet summarizes a study of total cost savings of child safety seats. It also outlines incentives for involving insurers in the distribution of child safety seats

Resource Type: 
CSN Publications

Guidelines for Developing Educational Materials to Address Children Unattended in Vehicles

Guidelines for Developing Educational Materials to Address Children Unattended in Vehicles lays out a process to develop effective educational materials that take into account communication theory. This document is designed for organizations to help prevent children from being left unattended in vehicles and heat injuries that can result from this situation.

Resource Type: 
Useful Publications


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