Study Finds More Children Ride in Car Seats and Booster Seats, Increasing Safety

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pleased to report that more parents are using age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats, thereby keeping their children safer while riding in cars.

According to results from the 2011 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats, the number of children ages 4-7 riding wearing seat belts only – as opposed to car seats and booster seats – dropped from 32 percent to 25 percent. Additionally, the survey revealed that 91 percent of children under age 13 are using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

The NHTSA continually works to increase child passenger safety by working with safety partners across the U.S., supporting car seat inspection stations, and educating parents and caregivers about car seat and booster seat guidelines.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 1-13. Over 939 children died in 2011 alone. However, the NHTSA estimates that car seats and seat belts saved over 12,200 lives in the same year.

Was Your Child Injured in a Car Accident? You May Have a Case

A child is a parent's or caregiver's top priority. Unfortunately, even if you follow car seat safety tips and do everything possible to avoid an accident, there's still a chance that your child may be injured. If your child was injured in any type of car accident, you may have a case. If a car seat or booster seat malfunctioned, you may also have a case against the manufacturer.

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Source: “NHTSA Survey Shows More Children Riding in Age-Appropriate Restraints." April 3, 2013.