Kids should stay buckled up in backseat for their safety

Oct 07, 2011

Kids should be buckled up in the backseat, one report said.

A new poll relating to children staying buckled up in the backseat shows that while most drivers know their children should be in the backseat, many other drivers don't seem to practice this. Buckling up children could help save their lives and reduce the chance a far-too-early life insurance claim would need to be made.

The poll by PEMCO, a northwest insurance company, shows 80 percent of Washington state drivers are aware the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration recommends children under 13 ride in the backseat. At the same time, just 43 percent said they see other drivers in compliance all or most of the time.

"Studies show that frontal crashes are the most common type of car accident. Add that to the threat posed by air bags, which are designed for adult passengers, and there's no question that the safest place for children is the back seat," said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. "What this poll tells us is some drivers may be uncertain about when it's safe to sit up front."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in 2009, 1,314 children ages 14 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and about 179,000 were injured. Buckling children up in the backseat could save the heart ache of having to file a life insurance claim for a young child.

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