Campaign Launched to 'Boost' Car Safety for Kids
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Even though motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for young
children, 30% of them ride without any kind of safety restraint, according to
the National Safe Kids Campaign. Winston says she's also concerned that of
those who are in seats or belts, only about half are properly restrained. It's
not clear how many lives booster use might save, but Winston is currently
looking for the answer in a study. About 600 infants per year die in U.S. car
crashes, according to one national child safety organization.
Slater says the cost of the booster seats -- ranging from $20 to $80 --
probably isn't a major reason they're not being used. "We think it's more
education than economics, but where it's economics as well, we've got the kind
of partnership that will help us address that issue," he says.
Education may also be an issue for physicians who need to talk with parents
about how best to protect children on the road. "It's long been the
American Academy of Pediatrics' position that children in this age group needed
to be in booster seats," says Winston.
- Once children graduate from using child safety seats, a booster seat is in
order for protecting children ages 4 to 8 while riding in cars.
- Booster seats are used by less than 7% of the population, but the
Department of Transportation is launching a national public awareness campaign
to raise that number.
- Adult seat belts do not work for young children because the lap portion of
the belt rides up over the abdomen, instead of over the bone, and the shoulder
strap doesn't fit properly.