A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health further establishes the importance of placing children in car seats. Car accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children older than 1 year, according to background information in the study. More than 500 children younger than 3 died as a result of motor vehicle collisions in 2005, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics cited in the study.
According to the study babies reaped the most benefit from being placed in a car seat. Their odds of dying in a car crash dropped by three-quarters if they were in a safety restraint seat. But older children also saw significant benefits, with a mortality risk reduction of at least 60 percent.
Although many parents use car seats to protect their children in the event of a car accident, they often make many mistakes in using the car seat. For exmaple, many parents do not properly restrain their child in the car seat or fail to properly place the car seat in the car or use an inappropriate car seat. For more information about proper car seat safety guidelines visit The American Academy of Pediatrics website. [Read more…] about Car Accident Study Details How Car Seats Can Save Alabama Children