Children Take a Back Seat to Safety

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For many of us, when we were kids, Grandma’s Lincoln had the seatbelts cut out and it was perfectly acceptable to sit on Dad’s lap to help steer. Those days are surely lost in the slipstream of time.

A new study, sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the world’s largest insurer, State Farm Insurance, says that children are 40% safer buckled up in the backseat.

The findings are based on information from more than 370,000 State Farm policyholders involved in car crashes.

”The single most important lifesaving decision parents can make for their child is to use the rear seat and age and size appropriate restraints during every car ride, every time,” said Dr. Flaura Winston, a chief investigator of the study.

The report also said that SUV’s, large cars, and minivans had lower injury rates than smaller automobiles.

Children Take a Back Seat to Safety
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