According to a recent report from The Journal of Pediatrics nearly a half of children who die in car accidents are not properly restrained/
A group of authors including Faisal Qureshi from the University of Texas and Lindsay Wolf from Harvard Medical School carried out the analysis of the data on fatal car crashes that occurred in the US between 2010 and 2014.
The study reveals that child deaths from fatal car crashes are most common in the South (as many as 52 percent of all the child fatalities), while the Northeast seems to be the region with the highest safety standards (only 7.5 percent of the fatalities).
Car accident-related mortality rate is the highest in the state of Mississippi (3.20 per 100,000) and the lowest in Massachusetts (0.25 per 100,000).
The authors of the study conclude that traffic law enforcement in the South can be seriously improved and even believe that there may be ‘potential for a federal intervention’.
The report also shows that some 43 percent of child deaths happened as a result of improper restraining, while nearly 13 percent of the deaths resulted from the child being seated in the front.
Thus, we strongly recommend that you read these safety rules and always act according to them:
- Children under 13 should never ride in the front seat
- Until at least 2 children should remain in rear-facing car seats
- Children between 2 and 4 should ride in forward-facing safety seats in the back of the vehicle
- Children between 4 and 8 should use booster seats
- Children who are 8 years old and at least 4′ 9” tall may start to use adult seat belts while sitting in the rear
It is also reported that an overwhelming majority of families install newborns’ car seats in the wrong way. It is important that you carefully read the manufacturer’s manual and always follow all its recommendations. Sometimes it is reasonable to have the newborns’ car seat installed by a certified technician: safety should always be first.