Based on the study by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a third of children below 13 years old who died in car crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seatbelts. Furthermore, a research by General Motors says one in four parents travel without making sure their children are buckled up and secured in the vehicles.
Here are some other facts determined by the NHTSA study on 2011 car crashes:
- 2 children (below 13 years old) were killed and 338 were injured every day while traveling in motor vehicles
- Unrestrained children were more likely to die if they were riding larger vehicles: SUV – 55%, pick-ups – 43%, vans – 40%, cars 24%.
- Approximately 10,000 children (under 5 years old) were saved by child restraints from 1975-2011
- 260 children were saved by child restraints in 2011 alone
In order to prevent increasing these incidents, NHTSA recommends the following safety tips to increase your children’s likelihood of surviving such accident:
- Determining your child’s compatibility (age and size) with the car seat
- Reading your car manual and information from the child’s car seat to properly use the seat
- Setting a good example to your child by wearing the seat belt yourself
Here in Autoindustriya.com, we value your family’s safety. Follow these simple tips for a safe and responsible journey with your kids.