The number of children who have died in motor vehicle-related crashes has decreased by around 61% since the mid-70s.1,2 That's fabulous news, but there are still some concerning statistics that need improvement.
For example, 37% of all children under the age of 15 who died in car crashes in 2020 were unrestrained.1 Studies suggest that children are between 54% (toddlers) and 71% (infants) less likely to sustain a fatal injury if they're secured in a properly installed car seat.3
It’s estimated that at least 11,606 children under the age of four have been saved by car seats between 1975 and 2017.4
In addition to driving safely, the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car is to buckle them into an age-appropriate and properly-installed car seat. Some states have passed child car seat laws to encourage parents to do this, and we wanted to know if stricter laws mean lower fatality rates.