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For Release: June 18, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601
Child Car Seat Safety Can Save Lives, Ride Right by Age and Stage
Motor vehicle crash injuries are a leading cause of death for children in the United States. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2011, 4,288 children, infant to age 8, were involved in motor vehicle crashes. Eleven children were killed and nearly 1,200 were injured. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in a crash by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
Children ages 2 to 5 who use a safety belt too soon are four times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those restrained in a proper fitting child safety seat or booster seat. As many as 85 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed and/or used. The most common mistakes parents and caregivers make include:
Following these suggested guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide can help to avoid a serious injury or fatality in the event of a crash:
For additional child passenger safety information, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or Safe Kids Oklahoma at (405) 271-5695, or visit these websites:
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Injury Prevention Service:
Upcoming Car Seat Check Point Events:
To have a car seat checked for proper installation free of charge, you can contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430, or attend any of the following car seat check point events:
June 20, 2013
2 pm – 4 pm
Tulsa Fire Department Station 22
7303 E. 15th St.
June 22, 2013
10 am – 12 pm
Okmulgee Creek Nation Tribal Complex
Hwy 75 & Loop 56
June 27, 2013
2 pm – 4 pm
Bixby Fire Department Station
8300 E. 121st St.
June 29, 2013
1 pm – 3 pm
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 N.E. 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
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