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National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 8--14, 2004

National Child Passenger Safety Week is February 8--14, 2004. Activities will focus on the need to reduce motor-vehicle--related injuries and deaths among children by promoting age-appropriate interventions.

In 2002, a total of 1,543 children aged <15 years were killed and 227,000 were injured while riding in motor vehicles in the United States (1). Placing infants and children in age-appropriate restraints substantially reduces their risk for fatal and nonfatal injury (1,2).

Comprehensive approaches that use effective interventions simultaneously might be most successful at increasing child safety-seat use. These interventions include child safety-seat laws, communitywide information and enhanced enforcement campaigns, distribution/education programs, and incentive/education programs (2,3).

Additional information about Child Passenger Safety Week is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at and from CDC at The World Health Organization has declared road safety as the theme for this year's World Health Day, April 7, 2004. Additional information about World Health Day is available at


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 2002: children. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2003; publication no. DOT-HS-809-607.
  2. Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Recommendations to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants. Increasing child safety seat use, increasing safety belt use, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(suppl 4):16--22.
  3. Zaza S, Sleet DA, Thompson RS, et al. Reviews of evidence regarding interventions to increase use of child safety seats. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(suppl 4):31--43.

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