On average, two 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 percent preventable.
To raise awareness during Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 23-29), SafeWise analyzed the most recent data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the states with the highest and lowest number of child fatalities due to car crashes.
The full report can be viewed online at www.safewise.com/blog/child-passenger-safety-by-state/
According to the report's findings, 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.
Utah (7.5 percent), South Dakota (6 percent) and Iowa (5.9 percent) have the highest percentages of child fatalities in car crashes compared to total car crash fatalities.
New England is the safest region for driving with child passengers; of the top ten states with the fewest child fatalities, 60 percent are in this region.
Of the top ten states with the most child fatalities, Southern states are over-represented at 40 percent. Western and Midwestern states are split evenly at 30 percent
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.
In order to prevent tragedies, SafeWise suggests the following child, car safety tips:
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.