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Buying A SAfer CAr for Child PASSengerS 2009



KeePIng KIDs sAFe: InsIDe & out

  • e dangers of leaving a child unattended in or near

a vehicle are widely misunderstood and underesti- mated. Children are free-spirited and move very quickly. Since they are small, they are harder to see. If le alone — sometimes even for mere seconds — a child could:

  • Start the car, or put it in neutral, and cause a crash, resulting in injuries or death;

  • Die of heat stroke, exposure to cold, or carbon monoxide poisoning;

  • Become trapped in your vehicle’s trunk and die of heat stroke or suocation;

  • Get hit or run over by another vehicle while inside or out of your car; or

  • Be killed or seriously injured by a driver who may not be aware of or see a child when backing out of a parking space or driveway .

Beyond Safety Technologies and Equipment

Vehicle safety technologies and proper child restraints can go a long way towards helping to keep child passengers safe. However, these are no replacement for careful monitoring by a parent or adult caregiver whenever a child is inside or even

near a vehicle . To keep children safe from dan- ger, never allow them access to your car keys or a remote locking/unlocking device . Never leave them unattended in a vehicle .

Bottom line: keep children outside of your vehicle and away from any vehicle unless you are there to watch them!

For more information on ensuring child safety both inside and outside of vehicles, please visit http://www.nhtsa .gov/KeepingKidsSafe

FRequentLy AsKeD questIons

  • Q.

    Is the back seat the safest place for my child?

  • A.

    Yes, children under 13 should be properly restrained in the rear seat of the vehicle . It is estimated that children are 26 percent less likely to be fatally injured in a crash if seated in the rear seat of a passenger vehicle .

  • Q.

    What if I have no choice but to place a child under 13 in the front seat?

  • A.

    ere may be occasions when a parent or care- giver has no other option than to place a child in the front seat, for example:

  • In a pickup truck with insucient or no available rear seat, or

  • If a parent is transporting too many children for all to ride in the back, or

  • When transporting a child with a medical condition that requires monitoring and another adult is not available .

Infants in rear-facing child safety seats must never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active front passenger air bag. In the event there is no available

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