Despite a big decline in the number of children under the age of 12 killed in car crashes, automotive accidents remain a leading cause of death among the age group.
A report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that from 2002 to 2011, the number of deaths dropped by 43 percent. The report also said that many of those deaths could have been prevented if the children were properly restrained for their age and size.
Over 9,000 children died during that decade and 33 percent of them were not buckled into an appropriate seat restraint. Of the total number, 25 percent were younger that one year old while 45 percent were between eight and 12 years old. For children younger than one year, a proper child seat reduces the risk of death by 71 percent, the CDC said.
The study was based on data analyzed by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. That information in collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.