Health Professionals Promote Car-Seat Safety
Feb. 12-18 is Child Passenger Safety Week, so University of Missouri and state officials met Tuesday to promote awareness.
Dr. James Kessel of University Hospital knows what happens to kids who aren't in car seats. "If they haven't been restrained, it's terrible, as you can immagine, a small body being thrown around at 50-60 miles per hour."
That's why Kessel joined Gov. Blunt and the Columbia Safe Kids Coalition to promote Child Passenger Safety Week.
"In 2004, 20 children under the age of 8 were killed in automobile fatalities," added Kessel, "2,075 children under the age of 8 were injured."
Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. Blunt said car safety seats are 71% effective in preventing infant deaths and 54% effective in preventing toddler deaths. Booster seats also reduce injuries by nearly 60%.
Kessel said the best cure is action.
"I think, simply by addressing the booster seat, having this campaign, having the governor's support, people will become aware of it," he explained. "We'll get a law passed and utilization will go up."
Bills in the Missouri House and Senate are trying to set requirements for car safety seats, booster seats and car seats depending upon a child's age and weight.
To make sure your seat's installed correctly, call Columbia's Safe Kids Coalition at 573-874-2273.