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 for tips to keep your child as safe as possible in the car.

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