Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under, more than 1,400 child occupants died in 2005. Furthermore, more than 203,000 children ages 14 and under were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2005. On an average day, four children under the age of 14 are killed, and approximately 600 are injured in motor vehicle crashes here in the United States. In Indiana, over 5,000 child injuries occurred in motor vehicle collisions in 2007, 49 of which were fatal.
One glaring reason for the high number of injuries and fatalities is because children are still traveling in motor vehicles unrestrained or not properly restrained in Indiana. Nationally, in 2005, 53 percent of children (0 to 14 years old) who were fatally injured in a traffic accident were unrestrained. In addition, the misuse of child safety seats continues to be a major problem. As many as nine out of every ten child safety seats are misused in Indiana, which mirrors national trends.
The Automotive Safety Program continues to lead the statewide effort to properly restrain children through state of the art programming, training and education. On this website you will find information regarding training opportunities, programs for children, special projects, permanent fitting stations, and other information regarding child passenger safety. Enjoy!