About one-third of children killed in car crashes in 2011 weren’t in booster seats or wearing seat belts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said overall traffic deaths of children under age 13 had decreased by 43 percent in the 10 years ending in 2011. More than 9,000 children in that age group died in crashes over that period.
The CDC said almost half of black and Hispanic children killed in crashes in 2009-2010 were not buckled in, compared with 26 percent of white children. Among all age groups, U.S. Department of Transportation data indicate that 52 percent of those killed in crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts.