Car Accident Crash is Leading Cause of Teen Death

June 15, 2010 by  
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A new government report estimates that 35% of teen deaths every year are caused by a car accident crash, making it the leading cause of teen death in the U.S. by a wide margin. Read more

Problems with Child Car Seats Make Accidents Leading Cause of Injury, Death for Children

June 14, 2010 by  
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Seven out of 10 parents are strapping their children into child car safety seats that are incorrectly, leading to unnecessary injury and death among children in automobile accidents.

According to recent research presented by Dr. Karen Judy, an associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, the prolific misuse of child safety seats across the United States have made car accidents the leading cause of death and disability among American children.

Any child under 80 pounds or shorter than 57 inches should be in a car seat or child safety seat. But that safety seat needs to be installed the correct way to properly protect the child in case of a car crash.

The following tips should always be followed when placing a child in a children safety seat:

  • Infants less than a year old and weighing 20 lbs and under should always be placed in a rear-facing position.
  • Children older than 1 years old and weighing more than 20 pounds should be placed in a forward-facing car seat until they are four years old or weigh more than 40 lbs.
  • Children between the ages of 4 and 8 should use a booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches or taller.
  • All children younger than 13 should sit in the back seat to avoid crushing injury from air bags. Safety seats should always be installed in the back seat.
  • Avoid using second-hand car seats and only use car seats that you know have never been in an accident. Do not use any car seat older than six years old.
  • When securing a child in a safety seat, make sure that the harness is level with the shoulders and that the straps are tight and secure.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided a system of child safety seat inspection stations across the U.S. It is recommended that anyone installing a child safety seat into a car for the first time take the car and seat to one of these inspection stations, where a trained individual will make certain that the seat is installed correctly.