Child Passenger Safety
Who’s at risk?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids age 2 to 14 – and 80% of kids riding in cars are at risk of injury or death because they’re not restrained properly.
Many of these injuries and deaths can be avoided with the correct use of child safety seats and safety belts. However, many adults are unaware that they’re using safety restraints incorrectly, and placing their kids at risk.
Know how to keep your kids restrained safely:
- Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger-side air bag. The force of the deploying air bag will hit the seat and can seriously injure or kill an infant. Remember: All infant seats must be rear-facing, so the only safe place to install it is in the back seat.
- Kids should ride properly restrained in the back seat whenever possible. The farther they are from the point of impact – most commonly a frontal crash – the safer they are.
- It’s critical that both the shoulder and lap portion of the safety belt be used. However, if the belt system does not fit properly, the child should be secured in a child restraint.
- If kids must be in the front seat, always move the vehicle seat as far back as possible (particularly with a passenger-side air bag).
- Be a role model. Always buckle up!
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
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This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008