Whether taking a trip for the holidays, or just driving in the neighborhood, parents and caregivers are encouraged to help make sure children are buckled up in the right seat, for every ride, every time.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12 in the United States. In fact, one in three kids under age 13 in 2021 who died in car crashes were unrestrained, according to a State Farm news release.
Studies examining misuse among users of child car seats estimate that more than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly. A properly used and installed child safety seat can reduce the risk of injury by as much as 71%, the release says.
State Farm has teamed with Safe Kids Worldwide to launch the Good Neighbor Car Seat Safety Program — a new national initiative to increase access to education and resources, help inspire behavior change, and create a culture of safety for children and families.
Safe Kids is a nonprofit organization working to reduce unintentional injuries to children ages 0 to 14, and to build equitable and sustained systems that support injury prevention. To learn more, visit SafeKids.org/car-seat.
“With over 3.6 million children born in the U.S. every year (CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), State Farm is committed to helping kids stay safe ‘From Car Seat to Driver’s Seat,’” said Jose Soto, State Farm corporate responsibility analyst, in the release.
Before the end of 2023, the Good Neighbor program will bring car seat checkup events to communities in 25 cities across the country.
For more information on State Farm’s mission, visit StateFarm.com.
Published December 20, 2023