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Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week -- February 9-15, 1997

February 9-15 is National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week. As of January 29, 1997, a total of 35 children have died as a result of injuries associated with deployment of air bags in motor-vehicle crashes. Hundreds more children aged less than 5 years die each year because they are not buckled into a child-safety seat or the child-safety seat is misused; approximately 80,000 more are seriously injured (1).

Most of these fatalities and injuries are preventable but require the combined effort of increased public education, improved child passenger safety laws, and strong enforcement of these laws. National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week is a time to enhance activities focusing on child passenger safety. Additional information about materials to support such activities is available from the Office of Communications and Outreach, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 400 Seventh St., S.W., NTS-20, Washington, DC 20590; fax (202) 493-2062; or the NHTSA World Wide Web site at


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts, 1995: alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Research, and Development, 1996.

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