Child Safety

Parents Central  - NHTSA's Primary Resource for Child Safety

Child Passenger Safety Laws.” Governors Highway Safety Association. Washington, DC: June 2014.

Exclusive Survey from American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide: Moms Make the Same Risky Driving Choices as Teens A survey detailing the dangerous behaviors mothers exhibit while behind the wheel.

Kuhn, Michelle and Jed Lam. “Increasing Seat Belt Use Among 8- to 15-Year-Olds.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: May, 2008.
The broad aim of this research project was to determine the nature and causes of non-use of seat belts among 8- to 15-year-olds, and to recommend interventions and strategic approaches to increase usage among this group.

Children.” Traffic Safety Facts: 2008 Data. U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC.

Child Endangerment - MADD's resources on child endangerment laws around the country.

Car Seat Recommendations for Children.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: March 21, 2011.

The Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Buckling Up.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC.
Your top 5 seat belt questions answered plus a quick guide to child safety seats.

Buying a Safer Car for Child Passengers.” U.S. Department of Transportation. Washington, DC: 2010.

Safety Rating Program for Child Restraint Systems.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC.
The agency has decided to establish a consumer information program for add on child restraints with features that make it easier for consumers to use and install, thereby, leading to increased correct use of child restraints and increased safety for child passengers.

Child Restraint Use Survey: LATCH Use and Misuse.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: December, 2006.

Sivinski, Robert. “Booster Seat Effectiveness Estimates Based on CDS and State Data.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: July, 2010.

Pickrell, Timothy M. and Tony Jianqiang Ye. “The 2009 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: September, 2010.

Motor Vehicle Occupant Protection Facts (revised August 2008).” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: September, 2010.
The first section presents general information on the need for and importance of promoting occupant restraint use for children, youth, and young adults. The next section provides occupant protection facts specific to children and youth, followed by facts for young adults. The last section includes survey findings from NHTSA’s Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Surveys on self-reported behavior, attitudes, and opinions about safety belt use and laws. These surveys measure consumers’ attitudes and opinions about occupant protection.

Child Restraint Use in 2008 – Demographic Results.” Traffic Safety Facts: Research Note. U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: June, 2009.

Decina, Lawrence E., Kathy H. Lococo, Warren Ashburn and Janelle Rose. “Identifying Strategies to Reduce the Percentage of Unrestrained Young Children.” U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Washington, DC: January, 2009.
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors that contribute to nonuse of occupant restraints by children 5 through 7 years of age riding in motor vehicles, and to identify strategies to increase restraint use in this age group.