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Latest stats reveal fewer kids are being harmed in car crashes in Maryland

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Kids is Safety Seats (KISS), a state-wide program that aims to reduce injuries and death among Maryland’s children by helping people to obtain and use car seats and booster seats correctly released stats that show fewer kids have been injured or killed in car crashes throughout the state.

In 2016, 12 children under age 16 were killed and 3,808 were seriously injured as child passengers in Maryland. In 2017, the most recent year KISS is able to provide stats for, 5 kids under the age of 16 were killed as passengers in Maryland.

Based on car seat inspection summaries, in FFY17, almost 84% of the car seats inspected in Maryland have some sort of misuse. Misuse may include; children riding in the wrong type of car seat, car seats that are not correctly installed in the vehicle or using car seats that have been recalled, broken, expired or been in a crash.

The KISS program compiled 2017 data from the Maryland Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) which found that 1,256 children from birth to 4 years old were reported as injured in crashes.

Of those injured, 880 were injured while using a car or booster seat, 211 children were reported as using a type of restraint, likely a seat belt, but not in a child safety seat, 45 children were listed as “other” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash, 59 children were listed as “unknown” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash, 61 children were documented as not restrained at all and two children were killed in a crash while restrained.

According to KISS, all children from 0 to 4 should be riding in a type of child safety restraint like a car seat with a harness or booster seat. Children may be injured by adult seat belts and should be restrained in a car or booster seat designed for their age, weight and height for safest practice.

For children 5 years to 9 years old 1,237 children were reported as injured in crashes.

Of those injured, 358 children were injured while using a car or booster seat, 641 children were injured while restrained, but not in a car or booster seat, 63 children were listed as “other” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash and 70 children were listed as “unknown” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash.

In this age group, restraint use may include car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Booster seats used with seat belts are most appropriate for this age group, unless a child is extreme in height or weight or has special healthcare needs that require a full car seat harness.

For children 10 years old to 15 years old 1,365 children were reported as injured in crashes.

Of those injured, 29 children were injured while using a child restraint, 999 children were injured while restrained, but not in a car or booster seat, 131 children were listed as “other” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash, and 93 children (seven percent) were listed as “unknown” for the type of restraint used at the time of the crash.

Three children were killed; two while restrained, but not by a car or booster seat, and one listed as “unknown” type of restraint.

In this age group, there may be some booster seat usage, but otherwise seat belt usage is standard.

KISS provides many services that can help people obtain their own safety seats for their children and learn more about hoe to properly instal booster seats and how to safely pace kids in them to insure their upmost safety. To learn more about these services, visit www.phpa.health.maryland.gov.

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