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Fall 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 3

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Safe Kids Shares Child Passenger Safety Statistics

Safe Kids USA, a nonprofit organization solely dedicated to eliminating preventable childhood injuries, has published new data on how well protected infants and children are in passenger cars.

A Look Inside American Family Vehicles: National Study of 79,000 Car Seats, 2009−2010 pdf icon [1.9 MB, 18 pgs.] analyzed data collected via checklists during Safe Kids community car seat checkup events across the nation. These checklists recorded correct child passenger protection in the following categories: child restraint direction (rear- or forward-facing; seat belt use; lower anchor use; tether use; and harness use.

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According to Safe Kids, this is the largest study relative to actual car seat and booster seat use among American families to date. Results indicate improvement in the proper use of child restraints when compared with earlier observation surveys. For example, less than one percent of children arrived at Safe Kids checkups unrestrained. In addition, most of the child passengers arrived at the checkups in back seats.

The report pinpoints some specific data that indicate progress, but still there is room for improvement. These include correct seat belt use for child restraint type; correct use of lower anchors; and correct harness use.

Safe Kids is sharing the findings with child restraint and vehicle manufacturers, the federal government, and the National Child Passenger Safety Board as they begin work to update the national curriculum for certified child passenger safety technicians.

The complete report is available on the Safe Kids website at: pdf icon [1.9 MB, 18 pgs.].