Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire
The leading cause of death among children in America is automobile collisions. “1,335 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 184,000 were injured,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That’s four deaths every single day. Many of these deaths, however, are preventable.
“Placing children in age– and size–appropriate car and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half,” claims CDC, relying on data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here’s what is recommended:
- Children ages 12 and younger should be in the back seat and properly restrained;
- Your car (or booster) seat should be properly installed in accordance with both the instruction manual and your vehicle owner’s manual;
- The car seat registration card should be sent to the manufacturer so that you can be contacted in the event of recalls; and
- Car seats involved in collisions should be replaced.
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