Traffic Safety Facts: Children: 2011 Data
- Published: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013
- Authors: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Date Added: 07 Dec 2015
- Last Update: 07 Dec 2015
To analyse and present data about child road fatalities in the USA.
Analysis of child fatality data in the USA.
Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children aged 4 years, and aged between 11 and 14 years.
1,140 children aged 14 years or younger were killed on USA roads in 2011, 4% of total road deaths.
Lap and shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of death for front seat car occupants aged 5 or older by 45%, and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.
Research on child safety seats has found that they reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 71% for infants (under 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 – 4 years old) in cars.
In 2011, 663 children under 5 years old were saved by restraints, 245 of whom were using child safety seats, and 18 were using seat belts. A further 51 lives could have been saved if child safety seat use was 100%.
Between 1975 and 2001, an estimated 9,874 lives (children under 5 years old) were saved by child safety seats.