Car Seat Facts

  • Motor Vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional-related death among children ages 19 and under.
  • Riding unrestrained is the greatest risk factor for death and injury among child occupants of motor vehicles.
  • When used properly, child safety seats have been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (under 1 year of age) and 54% for toddlers (1-4 years old).
  • Nationally, it is estimated that 80% of children who are placed in child safety seats are improperly restrained.
  • Children 12 and under should always ride properly secured in the back seat.  The front seat is a more dangerous spot.  Front air bags deployed in even minor fender-benders have seriously hurt and even killed some children.
  • Rear-facing child restraints should never be placed in front of a passenger air bag.
  • Every child should be restrained in a child safety seat or a booster seat until they turn 8 years old, unless they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
  • Seat belts are made for adults.  Booster seats position children, who have outgrown child safety seats, to correctly fit the vehicle lap and shoulder belts.
  • Objects should not be transported in the vehicle’s passenger compartment.  Groceries and other heavy items become dangerous projectiles during a crash.