Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, according to the latest NHTSA data. On average, a child is involved in a crash while riding in a passenger vehicle every 25 seconds; and two children under 13 were killed and an estimated 374 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.

  • 608 child passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes in 2019.
  • 38% of children who died in 2019 while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained, compared to 33% in 2018.
  • While most parents and caregivers are confident that they have correctly installed their child’s car seat, almost half (46%), have been installed incorrectly.

When installed correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers.
Child Passenger Safety Week is the perfect time to make sure your child is in the right seat and that it’s installed correctly. Visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat for tips to keep your child as safe as possible in the car.

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