Number of children dying in crashes increases

Fatalities from fatal crashes for kids under the age of 13 have risen 10% since 2015.

Monday marks the beginning of this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week. But a week that’s supposed to celebrate the progress made in keeping kids safe in cars is starting off with some disappointing news: there’s been an increase in the number of children dying in car crashes.

"Data from 2015 recently released indicated that there was a 10% increase in fatalities for children under the age of 13,” said Kate Carr of SafeKids.org.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor child safety experts can explain the increase.

“Is it distraction, is it more vehicles on the road, it could be a host of different factors. we don't have the data to say why,” Carr said.

To help parents make the right choice when it comes to car seats, SafeKids.org has launched a new website this week.

"It'll help you with tips for buying, installing…how to insure you have the right fit,” Carr Said.


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