National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says proper use of car seats reduces injuries and deaths

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, designated to promote child safety in cars.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, and in many cases the proper seat could have made all the difference, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash every 33 seconds.

In 2019 alone, 608 children died in car accidents. Thirty-eight percent of people who died that year were riding in those cars without proper restraints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says providing safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is key to saving young lives.

The CDC says that using a car seat can reduce the risk of injury in a crash by up to 82% for children compared to using the seat belt alone. Using a booster seat can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45% for children ages 4 to 8 compared to using a seat belt alone. And for older children and adults, wearing a seat belt roughly halves the risk of death and serious injury.

If you have questions about your car seat, the Alabama Department of Public Health has a list of car seat inspection stations across the state. on this site.

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