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					                                          Passenger Safety Project:
                                          Child Passenger Safety

     Extension Education



Proper Use of Child Safety Seat                                technicians to assist parents with child safety seat
                                                               education.
Restraints
                                                            Child safety seat checkup events are conducted
 Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of             primarily in under-served rural areas to educate
  accidental injury-related death among children ages        parents on the correct usage of child safety seats.
  14 and under.
                                                            The Passenger Safety Project has overseen the
 The total annual cost of motor vehicle occupant-           inspection of more than 12,900 child safety seats
  related death and injury exceeds $17.8 billion for all     in Texas, 99 percent of which were being used
  children ages 14 and under.                                incorrectly or were unsafe or inappropriate for the
 Although safety belts and child restraints are the         age and weight of the child.
  single most effective tool in
                                                           Economic Benefit
  reducing these deaths and
  injuries, nationally, more                                Proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of
  than half of children killed in                            injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs,
  vehicle crashes are unrestrained.                          avoidance of lost future earnings and improved
  Minority children are at a                                 quality of life. On a per safety seat basis, economic
  greater risk of being unrestrained.                        benefits are approximately $2,100 for new seats
                                                             distributed and $550 for seat misuse.
 Misuse and non-use of child restraints remains high,
  with children ages 5 to 9 having the lowest usage rate    For the 2,443 safety seats inspected in 2009, the
  at just 33 percent.                                        economic benefit is an estimated $2.9 million. Since
                                                             the program’s inception in 1999, the total economic
 Research shows that child restraints, when used
                                                             benefit is estimated at $10.7 million.
  properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury up to 71
  percent.
 Most parents think they are using child safety seats
  correctly, but studies show that an estimated 73
  percent of seats are used incorrectly.

Extension’s Response
                                                                                                                Contact:
 Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Passenger Safety                                                      Dean McCorkle
  Project works to reduce childhood deaths and injuries                                 Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  from motor vehicle crashes by increasing the use of                                                    ph. 979.845.1861
                                                                                              e-mail: dean@afpc.tamu.edu
  child safety seats across Texas.                                                     agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/impacts

 The project conducts the National Highway Traffic                                           MKT-3558J, January 2011
  Safety Administration’s four-day Child Passenger
  Safety Technician Course, which trains and certifies



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