Statistics On Child Passenger Safety (CPS)

It's a Fact:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for the age group 2 to 14 years old (based on 2004 figures, which are the latest mortality data currently available from the National Center for Health Statistics)
  • Every day in the United States, an average of 5 children age 14 and younger were killed and 568 were injured in motor vehicle crashes during 2006
  • Research has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) of passenger cars by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
  • During 2006, 6,983 passenger vehicle occupants age 14 and younger were involved in fatal crashes. For those children where restraint was known, 25 percent were unrestrained; among those who were fatally injured, 45 percent were unrestrained.
  • Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (less than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1-4 years old) in passenger cars.
  • Booster seats are designed to raise children up so that the safety belt fits correctly – the shoulder belt should cross the child’s chest and rest snugly on the shoulder, and the lap belt should rest low across the pelvis or hip area.
  • Among children under age 5, an estimated 425 lives were saved in 2006 by child restraint use.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis

Quick Links:

Child Passenger Safety 101: The Basics
Where to Check Your Child's Safety Seat
NADA's Commitment to Child Passenger Safety
Frequently Asked Questions