Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-12 years old? According to safercar.gov, from 2006 to 2010, 4,028 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and an estimated 660,000 were injured, in motor vehicle traffic crashes – more than the entire population of Boston, Massachusetts. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
At Boston Medical Center (BMC), the Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma and the Department of Public Safety collaborate on a child passenger safety program. The program includes trained officers, called Child Passenger Safety Technicians, who complete multiple car seat fit checks and installations each week. Referrals come from the inpatient wards as well as the community. For more information please call our Injury Prevention Coordinator, Lisa Allee, at 617-414-8007 or visit our website at http://www.bmc.org/traumasurgery/injuryprevention/patients-caregivers.htm.
*Courtesy of Safercar.gov and the Ad Council