Give 'em a boost

Jan 28, 2005

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week is Feb. 13-19, to increase awareness of vehicle safety issues related to children.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children ages two and above. The statistics are staggering. In 2003, 607 children below age five, 591 children ages five to nine, and 1372 children ages 10-15 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That same year 85,000 five to nine year-olds and 145,000 10-15 year-olds were injured in crashes.

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week is scheduled for Feb. 13 to 19, in order to help reduce the needless deaths and injuries that occur to children each day while traveling in vehicles.

Detailed information about vehicle safety is available at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website located at www.nhtsa.gov, under the heading, "How to Keep Your Child Passengers Safe on the Road." The site also includes a state-by-state listing of child safety seat technicians in an easily searched format.

The Office of Highway Safety Planning also has free materials that are available through Michigan Resource Center (MRC), including flyers with information regarding: Infant Seats (OP 247E)
Forward Facing Seats (OP 248E)
Booster Seats (OP 249E)
LATCH Seats (OP 251),
Kid ID stickers (OP 243) (to be placed on the back of child safety seats with vital information in the event of a traffic crash). Please access the following link for an order form that can be faxed to the MRC for materials listed above at (517) 882-7778: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/order_form_105706_7.pdf.

Kettering University is committed to occupant safety and is currently developing a Crash Safety Center with support from industry including: Takata, AAA of Michigan, Robert A. Denton Incorporated, General MotorsCorp., Harley-DavidsonMotor Company, Biomet, Autoliv, Lear, TRW, and Via Systems.

The Crash Safety Center has three components, a deceleration sled, a component test area, and a dedicated computer based classroom. Future plans for the Center include testing for infant and child safety restraints. In addition to augmenting the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and research, the Crash Center will be used for community education (i.e. K through 12 education, drivers training, Safe Kids Programs), summer university programs, consulting, product development, and research by outside companies.

Information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA)

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu