Parents can significantly improve their child's safety in a car by using child safety restraint systems.
According to the 2010 Fatal Injury Reports, National and Regional released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2010, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17. However, according to the report, the risk of a fatal accident is reduced 71 percent in infants and 54 percent in toddlers, when child safety restraints are used.
A report being released this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, found that while most children up to the age of 3 were protected properly, nearly half of children killed were under the age of 5 and were completely unrestrained. The report also showed that only 46 percent of parents knew that a child from ages 4 to 6, weighing 40 to 60 pounds, should be traveling in a booster seat.
"The safest position for a child is the rear center seat because side impact crashes are more likely to cause serious injury and fatality, with the greatest risk associated with perimeter seating," says lead author Walter Truong, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in Minnesota.
As those with younger children are likely prone to more spills and stains in their car, after ensuring their child is properly restrained, they should equip their vehicle with Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.
According to the National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released earlier this year, nearly 90 percent of all children younger than 13 years old were either in a car seat, booster seat or used a seatbelt during 2011. However, during the same period of time, the rate of children who used seatbelts between the ages of 4 and 7 when they should have been in a car seat fell to only one in four.
"We're on the right road to ensuring that all our smallest passengers are buckled in the right seat for a child's age and size," said NHTSA administrator David Strickland. "But we caution parents and caregivers of being overconfident in choosing the right seat for their children. Children who graduate too soon from their car seats, or are not in car seats at all, are at risk of serious injury."