Wellness Wednesday: Child Passenger Safety Week

“Right Seat. Right Time. Right Use”

CarSeatSafety-infographic-cThe week of September 13-19, 2015 is Child Passenger Safety Week. Every parent wants to protect their children and keep them safe. The best way to protect children in a car is to secure them in the right seat, at the right time, and to use it the right way.

Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Seat Belt Numbers

  • In 2014, there were 121,317 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes claimed the lives of 1,195 people and injured another 79,758 people.
  • On an average day in Pennsylvania:
    • Each day 332 reportable traffic crashes occurred—about 14 crashes every hour.
    • Each day 219 persons were injured in reportable crashes—about 9 injuries every hour.
  • Research has shown that correctly using an appropriate child restraint or seat belt is the single most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
  • Lap and shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
  • Pennsylvania seat belt usage rate was 84% in 2014. National statistics show that for every one percent increase in seat belt usage, 8 to 12 lives can be saved on the highways.
  • Research shows that children are likely to be buckled 91% of the time when adults are buckled and only 68% of the time when adults are not buckled. Everyone should buckle up, every time!
  • Three out of four crashes occur within 25 miles of home.
  • From 2010-2014, 82% of the children under age 4 who were involved in crashes and restrained in a child seat sustained no injury.

(Source: 2014 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics)

CPS-InfographicChild Safety Seats Statistics

  • Motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and the second leading cause of death for children age 3 and every age 5 through 14 in 2013.
  • Every 34 seconds one child under age 13 is involved in a crash.
  • NHTSA estimates that correctly used child restraints are even more effective than seat belts in reducing fatalities. Child restraints reduce fatalities by 71% for infants younger than one year old and by 54% for children 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars.
  • Among children younger than age 5, an estimated 263 lives were saved in 2013 by restraint use. At 100 percent child safety seat use for children younger than age 5, an additional 55 lives could have been saved.

 (Source: NHTSA)

Area Car Seat Safety Checks

Saturday, September 19 is National Seat Check Saturday. Parents can bring their children and infant car seats to the following area locations to be checked and shown how to properly install them.

CarSeatSafety-infographicPhiladelphia County:

September 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PA State Police Barracks
2201 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins accepted as time allows: 215.452.5208

Montgomery County:

September 19, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Plymouth Fire Company
1323 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, Pa.
Appointment Required: 215.590.5437 or www.chop.edu/kohlschildsafety

Delaware County:

September 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Middletown Fire Company
425 S. New Middletown Road, Media, Pa.
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins accepted as time allows: 610.558.7074

Bucks County:

September 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Babies R Us
330 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pa.
Appointment Required: 215.710.2350 or www.chop.edu/kohlschildsafety

For more information:

02-cps-weekPennsylvania’s Child Passenger Protection Laws

How to Find the Right Car Seat



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