It’s something no parent wants to think about. Getting into a car crash – whether your fault or not- with your child in the car is a terrifying thought for many parents. I know that it’s definitely something that I worry about. On average, 2 children (ages 0-13) are killed every day in car crashes in the US. Most of these fatalities are caused by improper seat belt or car seat use and are 100% preventable.
- New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii have child fatality rates less than half the US average of 2.02 fatalities per 100,000 children.
- Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, Iowa, and South Dakota have child fatality rates roughly twice as high as the US average of 2.02.
- Utah (7.5%), South Dakota (6%) and Iowa (5.9%) have the highest percentages of child fatalities in car crashes compared to total car crash fatalities.
- Of the top ten states with the most child fatalities, Southern states are over-represented at 40%. Western and Midwestern states are split evenly at 30%
- The top ten safest states for child passengers have an average fine of $106 for child safety seat law violations.The ten states with the most fatalities have an average fine of only $45.
- Make sure you have the right car seat based on your child’s current height and weight.
- Ensure the car seat is properly installed and use it for every car trip.
- Register the car seat with the manufacturer so that you stay informed of any safety updates or recall information.
- Visit a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your community to double-check that it’s properly installed.
I live in NY, and I know that most fire stations and police stations will check your car seat for you. If you aren’t sure where it go in your community, they may be a great place for you to start!
How do you ensure your kids’ safety in the car?