Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled results from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey. The survey examined the everyday use of seat belts and other safety restraints, with an entire section dedicated to car safety for kids.
On the whole, the results of the survey were encouraging, but as you'll see, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
METHODOLOGY & FINDINGS
The data for the latest National Occupant Protection Use Survey comes from 2011. That year, researchers fanned out across the country to cover 1,356 intersections, where they logged information on 38,215 vehicles containing 54,475 occupants. Data was collected only while vehicles were stopped at traffic lights or stop signs.
That would seem to make for a fairly solid study, though there's one major caveat to consider: researchers didn't actually interview drivers or passengers, they only observed them from a distance. With regard to things like seatbelt usage, that's not much of a problem, but when it comes to subjective assessments of occupants' age or race, the approach seems a little dicey.
With that in mind, here are some of the study's major findings about children and safety restraints:
There's a lot more data where those figures came from. You can check out the complete PDF by clicking here.
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