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Majority Of Parents Using Car Seats Incorrectly

Intel Free Press

Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children. In 2011, the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 11.5% of children ages 1 through 4 died in a car accident.  There are measures parents can take to keep their young children safe. However, a new survey shows that many are not.  

Despite efforts to educate the public, proper car seat use continues to be an issue for families.  Safety advocates recommend the youngest passengers, those under 2, be placed in rear facing car seats.  But, the surveyconducted by State Farm shows that less than half of parents actually do.

“One of the reasons you don’t flip around your kids to be front facing from a rear facing seat is the way their neck would go in whiplash. If they’re rear facing they won’t get whiplash like they would if they were facing forward,” says Missy Dundov, a spokesperson for State Farm. 

Dundov also points out that there are more dangers on roadways today than when they were young. “So many more distractions. People on their phone, people messing with electronics in their car: the radio, the GPS. There’s also a lot higher of a speed factor than there was.”

The survey also found nearly 70% of parents don’t anchor the top tether of forward-facing seats.

Jaclyn has an MA in Journalism from DePaul University and a BS in History form Monmouth College. Prior to reporting, Jaclyn was a social science teacher and department chair at Greenfield High School. Previously, Jaclyn reported for WICS Newschannel 20 where she covered a variety of assignments including courts, politics, and breaking news. She also reported at Siouxland News in Sioux City Iowa, the shared CBS/Fox television newsroom. Her internships included WGN and Comcast SportsNet in Chicago.
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