For decades, car accidents have been a leading cause of death in children. Over time, safety devices and knowledge about vehicle safety have helped to lower that number. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, out of every four deaths in children under that age of 13, one is due to a car accident.
The good news is that the numbers are much lower than they were in 1975 when the focus shifted to keeping kids safer in motor vehicles. From 1975 to 2018, there was a 54% drop in deaths of children in motor vehicle accidents. It is likely that new safety recommendations are the reason why. Through research, experts now know that child safety seats and keeping kids in the back seat can save lives.
Child safety seats
The use of child safety seats has done quite a bit to save lives. While recommendations suggest that children should use some type of safety seat, the use in children age four and older is not consistent. To help reduce fatality numbers, you should always follow state law about the use of child restraints and keep your child in a car seat or booster seat as long as possible.
Rear seat position
Children should also ride in the rear of a vehicle. The design of front airbags does not account for the small size of a child, which means that riding in the front seat is risky for them. In most cases, parents do follow this recommendation. Continuing to keep your children in the back seat until they are age 13 or older can protect them in an accident.