Children Injured Car Accidents in California
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Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for kids ages one to 13, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for Child Passenger Safety Week 2018. They recently issued a press release about upcoming activities. This year, Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 23-29, 2018.
National Seat Check Saturday
As usual, the week will culminate on National Seat Check Saturday (the 29th). Communities across the nation will have certified child passenger safety technicians on hand to check car seats and help consumers to find the right child safety seat or booster seat for their little ones. They will also talk to parents about registering their car seat with the manufacturer. This way, they will be the first to know if there is any kind of safety recall or issue with the seat.
U.S. Child Passenger Safety Stats
- On average, two children under the age of 13 were killed every day in 2016 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans.
- From 2012 to 2016, there were 3,268 children under the age of 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles.
- In 2016, over one-third (35 percent) of children under 13 killed in passenger vehicles were not restrained in car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
- From 2012 to 2016, there were 1,132 “tweens” (8 to 12 years old) killed in passenger vehicles.
Child Passenger Safety Across The Nation
During Child Passenger Safety Week, the NHTSA and the Ad Council will be launching a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their children in every stage of life, from newborns in car seats to tweens and teens buckling up for every trip. As always, there will be a great emphasis on educational efforts surrounding the importance of choosing the right age and size-appropriate car seat for children.