Ensure Your Child Is Buckled Up and in the Right Seat.
Children are our future, and it’s up to us to keep them safe. Every 33 seconds, one child under 13 is involved in a crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
In Oregon child safety advocates are working to tackle the trend of an increase in injuries among 7 – 11 year old child passengers. According to the ODOT Transportation Safety Division, for 2015, preliminary numbers show child passengers killed and injured under age 12 jumped more than 9 percent, from 1,564 to 1,712. “The increase in injuries in the 7 – 11 age group is due in large part to child passengers moving to adult belts too soon,” said Oregon’s Occupant Protection Program Manager Carla Levinski.
Children are usually between 8 and 12 years old before they can ride without a booster seat. A child should use a booster seat with the vehicle lap AND shoulder seat belt until they pass the Seat Belt Fit Test:
Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts save lives:
- In 2013, among children under 5, car seats saved an estimated 263 lives according to NHTSA.
- In passenger cars, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
- All children under 13 should always ride in the back seats to help eliminate the injury risk of deployed front passenger-side airbags.
Safe Kids Worldwide Tip Sheets:
Car Seat Safety Tips Booster Seat Safety Tips Seat Belt Safety Tips
Help us spread the word about the life-saving benefits by joining Safe Kids Oregon in promoting Child Passenger Safety Week. Learn more at safercar.gov/therightseat. As a parent or caregiver, you know your children count on you to keep them safe. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight. And all adults, remember to set a good example by always using a safety belt.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety or to locate a car seat check-up event, Click Here or visit Oregon Impact.
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.