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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says proper car seat use reduces injuries, death

Montgomery, Alabama (WSFA) – September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week designed to promote safety for children in vehicles.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, and in many cases the right seat can make all the difference, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. . According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash every 33 seconds of her life.

In 2019 alone, 608 children were killed in car accidents. His 38% of those who died that year were in these vehicles without proper restraint, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says giving parents and guardians safety information and child restraint instructions is essential to saving young lives.

According to the CDC, using a child restraint can reduce a child’s risk of crash injury by up to 82% compared to using a seat belt alone. Booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury for children aged 4-8 by 45% compared to using seat belts alone. And when older children and adults wear seat belts, the risk of death or serious injury is reduced by about half.

If you have questions about child restraints, the Alabama Department of Public Health maintains a list of child restraint inspection stations throughout the state. on this website.

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