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Posted October 16, 2013 by Jeremy Smith in Family
 
 

Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don’t



Most parents know that little ones are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are conditions when families determine to take a threat by not buckling up their young children on each ride. A new survey reveals 1 in 4 parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car.

The &ldquoBuckle Up: Every Ride, Each Time&rdquo study released by Protected Youngsters Worldwide, funded as portion of a $ 2 million grant from the Common Motors Foundation, surveyed far more than 1,000 parents, focusing on families with youngsters ages ten and younger to learn more about their habits when buckling up their children. Surprisingly the study found that younger, far more educated, and affluent parents are much more likely to take a risk and ride with their children unbuckled in a car.

&ldquoThe number of children dying in automobile crashes has declined by 58 % because 1987 but this investigation shows that the trend toward buckling up youngsters on every single ride could be heading in the wrong direction,&rdquo says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. &ldquoWe want to remind all parents that it&rsquos important to buckle up their youngsters every time, on each ride.&rdquo

Motor automobile crashes are the top trigger of death to youngsters. According to the National Highway Site visitors Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, 679 youngsters ages 12 and beneath died in motor automobile crashes, a third of which had been riding with no a child safety seat or seat belt that could have saved their lives. In addition, older children are more frequently unrestrained in fatal auto crashes compared to younger youngsters.

When effectively used, automobile seats can minimize the threat of death by as significantly as 71 percent, according to the National Highway Visitors Safety Administration. The &ldquoBuckle Up&rdquo study showed that whilst some parents and caregivers could be diligent about buckling youngsters up in most situations, they occasionally bend the rules in specific circumstances, like for the duration of driving a short distance, during overnight travel, or as a &ldquoreward&rdquo for a kid.

&ldquoOne-third of young children who die in vehicle crashes are not buckled up,&rdquo says Carr. &ldquoIt only requires a single time riding in a vehicle with out buckling up for a life to be changed forever. There is no cause important sufficient to take the danger.&rdquo

The findings also showed some disturbing trends about what kind of parents are taking the most dangers. For instance, 27 percent of younger parents (ages 18-29) mentioned it would be acceptable to ride with a youngster unbuckled for short rides compared to 19 percent of older parents. Far more affluent parents and parents with graduate degrees had been also a lot more likely to find it acceptable to not buckle up their children.

Safe Children Worldwide encourages all parents and caregivers to adhere to these tips to keep children safe in cars:

1. Buckle up on every single ride, every single time.

2. Speak to the adults who will be driving your youngsters about buckling them up.

three. Verify that the vehicle seat, booster seat or seat belt fits your child and is utilised appropriately.

If you&rsquore unsure or are obtaining trouble installing your automobile seat, download a car seat checklist or attend a auto seat inspection event where a nationally certified youngster passenger security technician can aid or even double check your operate. Parents and caregivers can check out www.safekids.org to find an occasion in their community.


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