September 18th, 2016 marks the first day of Child Passenger Safety Week 2016. This annual campaign is run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is meant to educate parents, caregivers, and guardians about the right way to secure children and teens in vehicles.
According to NHTSA studies, car accidents are among the top causes of death for children between the ages 1 and 13. It was concluded that roughly 33% of all children who lose their lives in a car accident – or about 220 each year – were not restrained at all, and an unknown number were in the wrong type of restraints. This statistic is heartbreaking, especially since the proper safety restraints have a 54 to 71% chance of preventing serious injury in a collision, also according to NHTSA studies.