A new statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests over a third of children killed in a crash under the age of 13 weren’t wearing a safety belt.
The gruesome statistic is part of an information blitz going on during Child Passenger Safety Week.
“Safety is our top priority, particularly when it comes to protecting our children – who are our most vulnerable passengers,” said recently appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Parents and caregivers can be the first line of defense by ensuring their children are correctly secured in the right seat for their size and age, and by buckling up themselves.”
Earlier this week, the results of a study released by Safe Kids Worldwide suggested that 25 percent of parents forget to strap their kids in before driving away.
NHTSA estimates that almost two children were killed every day in 2011 and 338 injured because of road accidents.