VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, (June 23, 2014) - In 2010, more than 9,000 youth ages 0-19 died from unintentional injuries in the United States. Millions more children suffer injuries requiring treatment in the emergency department. Leading causes of child injury include motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, and drowning. June 23rd through the 27th is injury prevention week. In support of injury prevention week, AAA Tidewater would like to share a few tips in keeping your children safe in the vehicle.
AAA recommends the following child passenger safety best practices:
- Always read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions and vehicle owner’s manual.
- Keep children rear-facing as long as possible until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their rear-facing convertible seat.
- Children should use a forward-facing child safety seat until they reach the maximum weight (usually 40-65 lbs.) or height for the harness.
- Children should ride in a booster seat until age 8 or older unless they are 4’9” tall.
- Move children to adult lap/shoulder belts when they are at least 4' 9" tall (which usually happens between ages 8 and 12) and vehicle safety belts fit properly.
- For all children under age 13, the back seat is the safest place.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to preventing child injury by supporting solutions that will save lives and help children live to their fullest potential.
The National Action Plan’s overall goals are to:
Raise awareness about the problem of child injury and the effects on our nation.
Highlight prevention solutions by uniting stakeholders around a common set of goals and strategies.
Mobilize action on a national, coordinated effort to reduce child injury.
As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 325,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or on Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia