Significantly fewer US children are dying in motor vehicle crashes, but a recent analysis showed that a substantial number who died weren’t riding in a child safety seat or booster seat.
Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed that 9182 children aged 12 years or younger died in motor vehicle crashes during 2002 to 2011. The figure represents a 43% reduction, from 2.2 deaths in vehicular crashes per 100 000 population in 2002 to 1.2 per 100 000 in 2011. However, one-third of the children who died in a motor vehicle crash in 2011 weren’t properly restrained (Sauber-Schatz EK et al. MMWRMorb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63:113-118).
More Safety, Booster Seat Use Could Help Kids Survive Crashes. JAMA. 2014;311(12):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2041