Child Passenger Safety Week: September 23-29, 2018

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. the NHTSA is raising awareness this month to let people across the country know that deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Child Passenger Safety Week is September 23-29, 2018. The NHTSA and the Ad Council are launching a new campaign this month that urges parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight. To learn more, please visit Below are some statistics from the NHTSA.

A message from the Little Falls Transportation Committee.

Lives lost and injuries

  • Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.
  • Every 33 seconds in 2016, 1 child under the age of 13 was involved in a crashes.
  • On average, nearly 2 children under 13 were killed every day in 2016 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.
  • From 2012 to 2016, there were 1,132 “tweens” (8 to 14 years old) killed in passenger vehicles. 
  • In 2016, the 8-12 age group had the highest number of fatalities (262, or 36%) among children, which is an 11-percent increase from 2015. Of those who were killed, almost 50 percent were unbuckled.
  • In 2016, over one-third (35%) of children under 13 killed in car crashes were not restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.
  • Statistically, more crashes occur during “school hours” (during the day, Monday through Friday).

Additional Tween Statistics

  • From 2012 to 2016, there were 1,692 children 8 to 14 years old killed in passenger vehicles.
  • Fatalities of 8- to 14-year-olds increased 4 percent in 2016 from 2015, and increased 12 percent from 2012 to 2016.
  • In 2016, over half of 8- to 14-year-olds killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Of the 8- to 14-year-olds killed in car crashes in 2016, 26 percent were sitting in the front seat, and 45 percent of those children were unbuckled.

Booster seats and seat belts work best when used correctly

  • In 2016, over half of 8 and 9 year old passenger vehicle occupants (56% and 55%) killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • According to NHTSA data, in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 were prematurely moved to seat belts, when they should have been riding in booster seats.
  • Child passenger safety laws

For the past 30 years, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have had laws requiring children to be buckled up while riding in cars. States now require children to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until as old as age 9.


  • For children riding in booster seats, remember to read and carefully follow the installation instructions as well as the vehicle owner's manual. Failure to do this can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to the risk of injury or death in a crash.
  • All children under 13 should always ride in the back seat.