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Announcements: National Child Passenger Safety Week --- September 19--25, 2010

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury among children. National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 19--25, 2010, highlights the importance of ensuring that all child passengers ride in correctly installed, age- and size-appropriate restraints.

Although most children use child safety seats or seat belts, results from CDC's Second Injury Control and Risk Survey (ICARIS-2), a nationally representative survey conducted from July 23, 2001, through February 7, 2003, estimated that approximately 600,000 U.S. children aged ≤12 years rode unrestrained at least some of the time during a 30-day period. In addition, an estimated 8 million children aged ≤7 years used only adult seat belts during the same period, despite their increased risk for abdominal, spinal cord, and brain injuries from poor-fitting seat belts (1,2). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and CDC recommend the use of appropriate car or booster seats up to at least age 8 years or 57 inches tall (3,4). Greater effort is needed to ensure that parents correctly restrain their children on every trip.

Information about National Child Passenger Safety Week activities and child passenger safety is available from NHTSA at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS and from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/childseat-spot.html.

References

  1. Greenspan AI, Dellinger AM, Chen J. Restraint use and seating position among children less than 13 years of age: is it still a problem? J Safety Res 2010;41:183--5.
  2. Winston FK, Durbin DR, Kallan MJ, Moll EK. The danger of premature graduation to seat belts for young children. Pediatrics 2000;105:1179--83.
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Child safety. 4 easy steps to protect our children. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2010. Available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS. Accessed September 8, 2010.
  4. CDC. Protect the ones you love: road traffic injuries. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/road_traffic_injuries. Accessed September 8, 2010.


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