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Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths could be prevented. The use of age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats greatly reduces serious and fatal injuries. A study performed between 1998 and 2006 found that children under the age of 3 were 43% less likely to be injured in a car crash if their infant seat was fastened in the center of the back seat rather than on one side. However, the center of the seat is the least used by parents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, In the United States during 2005, 1,335 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 184,000 were injured. Thatís an average of 4 deaths and 504 injuries each day. Among children under age 5, in 2006, an estimated 425 lives were saved by car and booster seat use.

 


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