Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Resource from the CDC: Keeping Children and Teens Safe on the Road, and Beyond


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: 

Child Passenger Safety | CDC.  

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.

Key findings:

  • Overall unintentional injury death rates among children and youth aged 
    0-19 years decreased 11% from 2010-2019. Despite overall decreases in child injury
    death rates from 2010 to 2019, rates increased among some groups from 2010-2019:
    • Suffocation death rates increased among infants by 20% and among
      Black children by 21%
    • Motor vehicle traffic death rates among Black children increased 9%
      while that of White children decreased 24%
    • Poisoning death rates increased 37% among Black children and 50%
      among Hispanic children
  • In 2018-2019, child injury death rates were highest for: 
    • Boys
    • Infants under 1 year, followed by teens aged 15-19
    • American Indian and Alaska Native children, followed by Black children
    • Children in rural areas

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