What is the leading cause of childhood deaths?
Losing a child isn’t easy for any parent. It might surprise some parents to know that the leading cause of childhood deaths is car accidents. Unlike some other causes of childhood deaths, many cases of deaths caused by car accidents could be prevented. While it wouldn’t be possible to prevent every childhood death that occurs in car accidents, it is possible for adults to take steps to avoid a child dying in an accident.
Can car seats and booster seats help to save children?
Car seats and booster seats can help to save children who are involved in accidents. Booster seats that are used by children who are 4 to 8 can reduce the risk of the child suffering a serious injury by around 45 percent over those who are in just a seat belt. An infant in a car seat can benefit from a 71 percent reduction in serious injuries in a crash. A toddler in a car seat can benefit from a 54 percent reduction in serious injuries. It is important to ensure that the car seat or booster seat is properly installed so your child can reap the safety benefits.
What other steps can adults take?
Don’t allow children to occupy a seat that has an airbag. Ensure that the children are always properly restrained. Generally, children are the safest in the back seat of the vehicle.