More than 1/3 of kids killed in car crashes weren't in seat belts

Posted Sep 23, 2013 by Mike White
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that more than one-third of children killed in car accidents weren't wearing seat belts or in a car seat. The study involved children 13 or younger.
Pieter Kuiper
According to, another study by General Motors showed that 20 percent of parents and other caregivers routinely drive around with their children unbuckled in their cars.
The study by the NHTSA was a part of National Child Passenger Week, which ends Tuesday. The goal in releasing the report was to spotlight the issue of child safety in a car. The study also showed that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children. The NHTSA has created a website to bring attention to the issue.
"Safety is our top priority, particularly when it comes to protecting our children--who are our most vulnerable passengers," United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained. He added that parents and caregivers should be "the first line of defense" of protecting children in cars.
The study also noted that in 2011 almost two children younger than 13 were killed in cars and other motor vehicles every day, to go with 338 injured.
The study also noted that from 1975 to 2011 10,000 lives were saved by child restraints.
Tips the NHTSA offers include: determine if the car seat is right for your child's age and size; read instructions that come with the car seat; have the child seat inspected by a Certified Passenger Safety Technician; use the LATCH restraint system and wear your seat belt as a good example.
According to, 260 lives were saved in 2011 alone from having children buckled in correctly.
According to the website,, one thing the study demonstrates is that while it is awful to ever hear of a child dying in a car accident there is one thing worse: knowing that death was preventable.