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Erin: Here are CDC's top 3 motor vehicle
safety tips for doctors and their patients.
First, doctors should counsel parents
and caregivers to buckle children
into age and size appropriate car seats,
booster seats, and seat belts on every trip,
reminding them that the best way
to buckle up changes as a child grows.
In the past 10 years, more than 9,000 children,
12 and under, died in motor vehicle crashes
in the United States.
One third of those who died in 2011
were not buckled up.
Although crash deaths have gone down
in the past decade,
they remain a leading cause of death for children.
Second, doctors need to keep up to date
on child passenger safety recommendations.
Children up to age 2 should be buckled
in a rear-facing car seat until they reach
the upper weight or height limit of their seat.
When children outgrow their rear-facing car seat,
they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat
until at least age 5, or until they reach
the upper weight or height limit
of their forward-facing seat.
Once children outgrow their forward-facing car seat,
they should be buckled in a booster seat
until seat belts fit properly.
Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt
lays across the upper thighs, not the stomach,
and the shoulder belt lays across the chest,
not the neck.
Although children no longer need
to use a booster seat,
once seat belts fit them properly,
children 12 and under should still be buckled
in a back seat, since the back seat is safest.
Finally, doctors should remind their patients
that buckling up saves lives
and, when adults buckle up,
it sets a good example for children.
No trip is too short.
Buckle every person, every seat, every time.
Transportation Safety Team Lead, CDC