Automotive, Travel, and Traffic Safety Information
LANCASTER, Penn., September 7, 2023 – New analysis from AAA, which examined five years of crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, points to the lack of proper child restraint use among children injured or killed in car crashes. The results of this analysis, released by AAA and car seat leader Chicco USA as Baby Safety Month gets underway, uncovered that nearly half (48%) of children aged 10 and under who were injured and half (51%) who were killed in car crashes were either using a vehicle seatbelt prematurely or no restraint instead of a car seat.
Families spend a significant amount of time on the road and from 2017-2021 more than 3.9 million children ages 10 and younger were involved in crashes while riding in a vehicle, 527,000 were injured and 2,789 were killed. This September, Chicco USA and AAA are collaborating to spotlight the importance of effective car seat use, sharing tips and resources for parents to keep their children safe while on the road.
“AAA’s in-depth analysis of crash data has brought to light safety issues that concern us, and we’re in a position to help by sharing our expert resources about car seat safety use factors such as proper seat installation, type of seat and mode of use at each stage of child growth,” said William Hasse, Vice President of Marketing, Chicco USA.
When used properly, infant seats, boosters, and seat belts will effectively protect young passengers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, child restraints reduce fatalities by 71% for infants younger than 1 year old and by 54% for children 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars.
“Traffic safety is central to AAA’s mission and the data shows the importance of understanding what type of child restraint to use and when,” commented AAA Spokesperson Aixa Diaz. “We’re pleased to collaborate with Chicco to help deliver critical information about car seat use to parents and other caregivers.”
According to AAA’s analysis, the latest data from the DoT reflects a need for parents to ensure they are using the correct child restraint system for each phase of growth. Child Passenger Safety Technician at Chicco, Josh Dilts, offers the following advice for families:
During Child Passenger Safety Week, parents looking for a new car seat or booster seat can take advantage of a special 20% off offer from Chicco. The offer is good on seats such as the OneFit ClearTex® All-in-One that is designed to fit from birth through booster and uses ClearTex® fabric that is inherently fire-resistant with no added chemicals.
The statistics provided on child restraint use in car crashes are based on data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation and analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Statistics are based on children riding as passengers in cars, minivans, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs involved in police-reported crashes between the years 2017 – 2021. For more, visit AAAFoundation.org or find a AAA office near you at AAA.com.
About Chicco® Products and Artsana USA
Artsana Group, maker of Chicco Products, is a leading European company with global headquarters in Como, Italy and worldwide expertise in everything for baby. The Chicco brand was founded over 60 years ago and is now in 120 countries. Chicco has become a household name for parents across the United States thanks to products like our top-rated KeyFit® Infant Car Seat, which has been recognized as the very best for safety, performance and style. Visit www.ChiccoUSA.com for more.
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