According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), seven out
of 10 Missourians who suffer fatal
car accident injuries are not wearing their seatbelts. Seat belt use is an important
part of safe roadway travel for all vehicle occupants, but especially
for children, who can be particularly vulnerable to injuries in the event
of a crash.
The proper installation and use of child safety restraints have long been
concerns for parents and safety advocates. When used correctly, car seats
can reduce car accident fatalities by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers
(children aged 1 to 4) when compared to seat belts. Accordingly, booster
seats can reduce accident injuries by 45% for children aged 4 to 8. However,
safety seats must be installed and used correctly in order to provide
protection. Shockingly, according to
Safe Kids USA, "the overall critical misuse for child restraints is about 73%."
Infant seats and rear-facing convertible seats are the most commonly misused devices.
Here are a few guidelines aimed at keeping young passengers safe: