- Using child passenger seats correctly saves lives. Among
children younger than 5 years, an estimated 312 lives were saved
by child restraint use in 1997. From 1975 through 1997, an
estimated 3,894 lives were saved by child restraints.
- If child safety seats were used by all children younger than 5
years, an estimated 50,000 serious injuries would be prevented and
455 lives would be saved each year.
- In 1997, more than half of child passengers younger than 5
years who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were riding
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child
restraint laws, and all these laws are "primary," meaning police
may stop vehicles solely for belt law violations.
- Many local public health units have car seats available free
of charge, or that can be purchased on a sliding fee scale or a
loaner program for economically disadvantaged parents.