Parents Becoming Careless About Car Seats, Survey Says

2013-10-02T12:38:00Z Parents Becoming Careless About Car Seats, Survey SaysJim Gorzelany nwitimes.com
October 02, 2013 12:38 pm  • 

Though traffic fatalities have been steadily declining, a recent study warns that parents may be slacking off on proper child seat use, with one in four parents admitting to leaving one or more age-appropriate children unrestrained while driving.

Conducted among 1,002 respondents by Safe Kids Worldwide in Washington, D.C., the survey determined that affluent, well-educated and younger parents were most likely to drive without buckling a child into a car seat or booster, with men being more lax in that regard than women. Of the 679 kids age 12 and under who died in car crashes during 2011, the organization says a third were riding without a safety seat or seat belt that could have otherwise saved their lives.

“The number of children dying in car crashes has declined by 58 percent since 1987 but this research shows that the trend toward buckling up kids on every ride could be heading in the wrong direction,” says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.

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