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article imageCDC launches campaign aiming to protect children in cars

By Tim Sandle     Feb 16, 2014 in Travel
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the U.S. The CDC has launched a campaign to reduce the number of injuries and deaths.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the major cause of child car deaths was failure to secure the child with a seat belt or using a special car seat. A third of children who died in crashes in 2011 were not buckled up. Furthermore, over 9,000 children age 12 and under died in crashes in the past decade.
There are variations in injury patterns and safety laws across different U.S. states. For example, only two states (Tennessee and Wyoming) have child passenger restraint laws requiring car seat or booster seat use for children age 8 and under.
The CDC recommends that parents and caregivers can keep children safe by:
Knowing how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
Using them on every trip, no matter how short.
Setting a good example by always using a seat belt themselves.
The Agency also provides advice for how to securely fit a car seat. For the CDC, this is the key issue. Child passenger restraint laws that increase the age for car seat or booster seat use result in more children being buckled up. Among five states that increased the required car seat or booster seat age to 7 or 8 years, car seat and booster seat use tripled, and deaths and serious injuries decreased by 17 percent.
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