The Real Value of Child Restraints
According to recent National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) data, child restraints really do save lives.
In 2014 alone, 2,355 children age 5 and above died in car crashes. Of these 2,355 children, 56% were known to be restrained. The NHTSA estimates that 1,694 lives were saved due to seat belt usage, and a potential of 289 more lives could have been saved if all of these victims had been wearing a seat belt.
For children age 4 and under, there were 41 deaths resulting from car crashes in 2014. Of these 41 deaths, 70% of the children were known to be restrained. The NHTSA estimates that 38 lives were saved because of seat belt usage and child safety seats.
As parent or loved one of a child, take the precautions to ensure your child is properly buckled up and has an appropriate car seat. Many children do not understand the importance of buckling up, so it is necessary to continue monitoring your child’s car safety even after a car seat is no longer required.