I had just blogged about the importance of not merely using booster and safety seats for infants and toddlers but for using them properly. 75% of users have them in wrong. Our friends at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report some encouraging numbers regarding regional and national use of safety seats. 96% of children
1 to 3 are reported to use safety seats. Unfortunately only 41% of children 4 to 7 use booster seats. It is an ongoing NHTSA goal to nudge booster seat usage to continue to reduce crash deaths among children.
Overall Maryland saw 16 deaths of children 14 and under in 2009. The District of Columbia had only 1 child death in 2009 car and truck crashes. The nation as a whole saw a 3% decrease in child crash fatalities from 2008 to 2009.
The important thing is to use all safety devices properly. If you have any doubt about the proper use of a car seat or booster seat go to: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm and you can locate a nearby child safety seat inspection location. Do it today your child's life might depend on it. For more go to: http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/child-passenger-safety-week-2010.cfm