Posted on May 12, 2017 at 4:17 AM
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly ), seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip.
Seat belts prevent injuries and fatalities. Wearing a seat belt while traveling in a car can help reduce the chance of injury or death as a result of a crash by as much as 50 percent.
Scope of the Problem
Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States.1 But many of these deaths can be prevented.
- In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2015,4 and more than 121,350 were injured in 2014.
- One CDC study found that, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.5
- Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2015 (for which restraint use was known), 35% were not buckled up.
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