While seat belt usage has increased at a steady pace since 1994, motor vehicle injuries continue to be a leading cause of death among children in the United States.
According to a study published in the May 2017 Journal of Pediatrics, 43% of all child fatalities due to traffic collisions all had a common denominator of the child or children in question not being properly secured in an appropriate child restraint, or that restraint was being improperly or inappropriately used.
It has been conclusively proven that seatbelt usage increased in states where there were more stringent laws enforcing use of restraints. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the safest way to reduce the risk of traffic and motor vehicle related fatalities among children is to ensure that child seats, boosters, and seatbelts are all being used properly.
To that end, we would like to share these helpful reminders from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with our audience and valued clients:
Many people grew up at a time where such rigorous standards had not yet put in place. As children, we sat in front seats, truck flatbeds, and the rear areas of station wagons and considered ourselves safe. We may well have been placed in these and any number of situations that by current standards would be considered grossly unsafe.
It is important to remember that our knowledge of crash dynamics and occupant safety is vastly greater now than it was when we were youngsters. The number of cars on the roads and their speed & acceleration capability has also seen dramatic increases. As such, we want to exercise the utmost caution and care when transporting our most precious cargo; our children from point A to point B.