Child Passenger Safety Statistics & Fact Sheet

  1. Prevention

    Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.

  2. The Problem

    In the United States during 2005, approximately 1,300 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 184,000 were injured. That’s an average of 4 deaths and 504 injuries each day.

  3. Risk Factors

    1 out of 4 occupant deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years involved a drinking driver. More than 2/3 of these fatally injured children were riding with a drinking driver.