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Car Seats Save Lives but Are Still Underused

A study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that “more than 9,000 children under 12 died in motor vehicle accidents from 2002 to 2011, in many cases because they were not properly restrained in child seats or seat-belts.”

Although the death rate in children in car accidents has decreased to 1.2 per 100,000 children in 2011 from 2.2 in 2002, many more lives would have been saved with proper use of care seats and seat belts.

  • In 2011, 33 percent of children who died in motor vehicle accidents were not buckled in
  • While only 2 percent of children under age 1 rode unrestrained, 22 percent of those in that age group who died were unbuckled
  • An estimated 3,308 children under 4 are alive today because they were properly buckled in
  • In 2009-10, there were no differences in death rates by age or sex, but black children had a death rate about 46 percent higher than Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, one contributing factor being that a higher proportion of black children who died were unrestrained

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