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Photo: mom bucking daughter into car seat with baby in a car seat and Dad watching from the driver seat

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States.1 But many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.2

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CDC Vital Signs: Child Passenger Safety
Buckle up every age, every trip

CDC Feature Article: Child Passenger Safety
Make sure the ones you love are safe and secure—all the time, on every trip. Learn the stages and guidelines for child passenger safety.

Color Me Safe Coloring Book
Color Me Safe is a coloring book designed for children ages four to seven. Color Me Safe can help parents and teachers talk with children about safety at home and on the go!

Protect the Ones You Love: Road Traffic Injuries

Illustration: A father securing his child in a safety seat. In an effort to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented, CDC launched the "Protect the Ones You Love" initiative. Parents can play a life-saving role in protecting children from injuries. Information is available in English and Spanish.

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Child Passenger Safety Podcasts

  • Vital Signs - Child Passenger Safety This podcast is based on the February 2014 CDC Vital Signs report. Over the past 10 years, more than 9,000 children 12 and under died in motor vehicle crashes, and a third who died in 2011 weren't buckled up. Buckling up is the best way to reduce injuries and save lives. (2/4/2014)
    audio podcast icon Listen (1:15)   audio podcast iconen Español (2:01)
  • Child Passenger Safety PSA This 60 second public service announcement, based on the February 2014 Vital Signs release, discusses the importance of buckling up to reduce injuries and save lives. (2/4/2014)
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  • Restrain Your Children This podcast encourages proper use of safety seats and seat belts to help protect children from serious injury or death as a result of motor vehicle accidents. (9/22/2011)
    audio podcast icon Listen (5:19)    audio podcast icon Listen (0:59)
  • Buckle ‘em Up In the U.S. in 2007, more than 600 children under age eight were killed and over 75,000 were treated for injuries suffered in a crash. In this podcast, Dr. Arlene Greenspan discusses the importance of child safety seats in motor vehicles. (9/10/2009)
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