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CDC Reports on Child Passenger Safety
February 5, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs series, launched in 2010, addresses a single, important public health topic each month. The February edition presents the latest findings on child passenger safety in the US. The CDC also highlights proven strategies for increasing use of age- and size-appropriate child restraints – car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Key points in the latest edition of Vital Signs include: 

  • Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and under decreased by 43 percent in the past decade. However, crashes killed more than 9,000 children during that time.
  • Almost half of all black (45 percent) and Hispanic (46 percent) children killed in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 26 percent of white children.
  • Only two of every 100 children live in states that require car seat or booster seat use for children age 8 and under.

Visit the web site to find the article, fact sheet, and other materials. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. There will also be a Town Hall teleconference February 11 at 2:00 p.m. on this topic.

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