THE LIFE-SAVER CAR SEAT

The number of children – under 15 years of age – who became victims of road accidents has dropped from 2,155 in 1999 to 980 in 2008, a net decrease of 55% (European Road Safety Observatory).

Trend decessi infantili in Europa dal 1999 al 2008

Number of children killed

Proportion of all fatalities

Source : CARE Database / EC
Date of query: October 2010


The number of children – under 15 years of age – who became victims of road accidents has dropped from 2,155 in 1999 to 980 in 2008, a net decrease of 55% (European Road Safety Observatory).
A most important figure, but by no means an optimal result if one considers that one often sees children travelling in cars without car seats or in seat installed incorrectly, putting them at risk of incurring serious injuries in the event of an accident or sudden braking.
If a child travels without a safety car seat, he could be catapulted from the vehicle seat and crash violently against the dashboard, the windshield or front seats. In this case, the risk of fatal or very serious injuries is seven times greater than when a child is retained correctly. The example below shows just how important it is for children to travel in child car seats. In the event of frontal impact, a child weighing 15 Kg. travelling at 50 Km/hour reaches an impact weight of 416 Kg.

In addition, the car seats are often used incorrectly; lack of information on the product, assembly instructions or the inadequacy of the child car seat can also have a very important role.

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  • Some of the most frequent errors are:
  • Twisted or loose harness straps
  • Harness straps in contact with the neck
  • Shoulder strap positioned under the arm
  • Child car seat is too large or too small
  • Child car seat is installed loosely

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