Child Passenger Safety Week—September 19-25, 2021
Each year the third week in September is Child Passenger Safety Week. This year,
Child Passenger Safety week is September 19-25, 2021. Parents and caregivers
can make a lifesaving difference by checking whether their children are properly
buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt on every trip. Learn more about
CDC’s car seat, booster seat, and seat belt recommendations here:
Keep children and teens safe from leading causes of injury deaths
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children and youth aged
1–19 in the United States. The good news is that child injury death rates have decreased 11% from 2010 to 2019, according to a new CDC study in the Journal
Safety Research. Yet injury is still the leading cause of death for children and
teens—with some groups at higher risk. The new report describes how unintentional
injury death rates among children and youth aged 0–19 years have changed during
2010–2019 in the United States, by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, mechanism,
county urbanization level, and state.
What can be done: While the overall injury death rates improved, certain children
and their parents and caregivers can benefit from focused prevention strategies,
including infants and Black, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaska Native
children. Focusing effective strategies to prevent suffocation, motor vehicle crash
injuries, and poisoning among those at disproportionate risk can further reduce unintentional injury deaths among children and youth in the next decade.
Read the article: Unintentional Injury Deaths in Children and Youth, 2010–2019
CDC Web Feature: Injuries Among Children and Teens
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Sept. 21, 2021
Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for kids
CDOT partners with hospitals in child passenger safety education blitz
(A Denver mother and her two kids were rear-ended in July 2020 by a dump truck going 35 mph. The kids were properly restrained and uninjured.)
Photos and videos from the press conference are available for use at: https://bit.ly/3ECZAs3
DENVER — According to national data, two kids under 13 were killed every day, on average, in car crashes in 2019. Sept. 19-25 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and in response to such alarming statistics, Car Seats Colorado and the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) are working with HealthONE and UCHealth to educate health care workers as part of a community outreach effort.
In Colorado from 2015 to 2019, 48 children under age 8 were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. Swedish Medical Center also reports:
Over the past two years, motor vehicle crashes have remained the third leading cause of preventable injury seen at Swedish Medical Center for individuals 0-14 years old.
Of these kids, 83% were unrestrained, 75% required surgery and 60% were ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash.
These are, in almost all cases, preventable by proper car seat use.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, DOTI and HealthONE held a press conference today to share the firsthand experiences of health care workers who have seen the consequences of improper car seat use and to emphasize the importance of proper car seat, booster seat and seat belt use.
“As a law enforcement officer out on the road, I’ve seen some horrible crashes,” said Trooper Tim Sutherland, Colorado State Patrol Child Passenger Safety Program Coordinator. “I’ve been amazed at how effective car seats can be when used correctly. Kids walking away without a scratch, that’s what we always hope for.”
Nurses, who are often the first contact with new parents, are a focal point of these efforts to better inform caregivers on the crucial and often misunderstood basics of car seat use. Car Seats Colorado and DOTI are coordinating with Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and other hospitals along the Front Range to distribute thousands of lanyard badges to nurses, doctors, prevention workers and child safety advocates.
"When it comes to car and booster seats, there are endless variations and it can become overwhelming," said Swedish Medical Center Injury Prevention Coordinator Melanie Wuzzardo. "As a parent myself, I can relate to this. Having a car/booster seat fit check gives parents the confidence to use their car seat correctly every single time."
(Swedish Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff received educational badges and expressed support in honor of Child Passenger Safety Week)
According to child passenger safety technicians, car/booster seats are commonly misused in these ways:
The baby is too loose in the harness.
The chest clip isn’t in the correct location.
The car seat base is too loose.
The car seat incline is incorrect.
“Estimates range from 59% to nearly 84% of kids are improperly restrained while riding in a vehicle,” said CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk. “These numbers are far too high, and we’re happy to be working with hundreds of Colorado health care workers and educators to better inform parents on the issue.”
The informational lanyard badges will help health care workers and parents learn:
Age, height, weight, and physical development all play a role in proper car seat fit.
Installation can be more complicated than people think. Correct strap tension and placement are important; securing the seat to the car correctly is a must; and knowing whether or not your seat has been recalled is crucial.
Read both your car seat manufacturer and car owner’s manual.
It’s free and highly recommended to have your seat checked by a certified child passenger safety technician.
DOTI and HealthONE are offering a series of “pop-up” seat check fit stations this week. Caregivers can register here. Car seat checks are available statewide — you can find a car seat inspection location near you that will inspect your car seat for free.
Seat Check Saturday — Seat Safety Inspections
When: Saturday, Sept. 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Barnum Recreation Center
Event will have free food, children’s entertainment and car and booster seat giveaways.
Colorado's Child Passenger Safety Law is a primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
ABOUT CAR SEATS COLORADO
Car Seats Colorado is composed of CSP, CDOT, local car seat technicians, law enforcement, emergency services and other professionals who are dedicated to implementing child passenger safety programs and encouraging parents to take the necessary steps to protect their children when in vehicles. Learn more about how to keep children safe in vehicles and download informational resources at CarSeatsColorado.com.
CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.