Study shows 1/3 of children killed in crashes are not buckled in

By WEEK Producer

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM CDT

It is every parent’s worst nightmare, getting into a car accident with your child in the car.

Data from the CDC shows 9,000 children were killed in car accidents between 2002 and 2011, a third of them were not buckled up.

The problem is more deadly among minorities. Nearly half of African American and Latino kids were not restrained.

"We have some evidence from prior studies suggesting that there's some discomfort among Latino parents of strapping their children into seats. It feels uncomfortable to them to "trap" their children that way. So part of what we have to do is work with them,” said Ileana Arias Principal Deputy Director of the CDC.

States that require children to be in a booster seat up until age eight, saw a decrease in child deaths and serious injuries.

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