Monday, September 23, 2013

NHTSA: More than 1/3 of kids killed in car crashes weren't in car seats or wearing belts


By  Jeffrey N. Ross


As awful as it is hearing about a child that was killed in a car crash, it's even worse to hear that many of these deaths were likely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study of vehicle crashes from 2011 that found that more than a third of kids (under the age of 13) who were killed in these crashes were not wearing seat belts or strapped into a car seat. Furthermore, another study from General Motors shows that a quarter of parents and caregivers drive around with unbuckled kids in the car.

Released as a part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ends tomorrow, NHTSA's goal is to bring attention to child safety inside the car. According to the study, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, and it has set up a website to make sure kids are buckled in properly. The helpful site lists car seat inspection stations as well as car seat recommendations for rear-facing, forward-facing and booster child seats. Both studies (from NHTSA and GM) are posted below.

Source: www.autoblog.com/2013/09/21/children-auto-crashes-car-seats/

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