AAA Says Many Children Still Not in Safety Seats

January 22, 2008

A new AAA survey finds strong support for child safety seat laws, but the agency says more needs to be done to protect children.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says about one hundred children under the age of five still die nationwide each year in traffic crashes because they weren’t in safety seats.

In Delaware, the 2006 statistics show one child under five died and eleven children in the same age group were injured in car accidents.

AAA says part of the problem might be misinformation. Only 39 percent of the parents surveyed were able to accurately identify the age at which their state allows a child to ride in a car with only a lap and shoulder belt. AAA says immigrant populations are less familiar with the laws and often aren’t aware of how to put safety seats in their cars.

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