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Motor Vehicle Injuries Leading Cause of Death for Children

Sept. 16-22 marks Child Passenger Safety Week, shedding light on safety issues surrounding the use of car seats and other factors to help keep children safe in and around vehicles.

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The high number of fatal outcomes of these crashes could be reduced if proper use of child seats was utilized more often. "Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants, and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years," according to the CDC website.

This week, Sept. 16-22, marks Child Passenger Safety Week, with National Seat Check on Saturday.

"The goal is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing all children 12 and under in the right car restraint," according to a press release from the campaign. "According to (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), approximately 9,611 children 4 and younger have been saved from 1975 to 2010 by the proper use of car seats."

There are a few nearby locations that offer child car seat safety inspections. Use this locator to find other nearby car seat inspection stations. Here are some:

Franklin Health Department
9229 W Loomis Rd
Hours: Call to schedule an appointment. 
Phone: 414-425-9101   

Franklin Fire Department
8901 W Drexel Drive
Hours: Call to schedule an appointment. 
Phone: 414-425-1420   

Greenfield Fire Department
4333 South 92nd St
Phone: 414-545-7946

Hales Corners Fire Department
10000 W Rorest Home Ave
Phone: 414-529-6168  

See the attached PDF for tips on how to pick the right car seat; plus — check out this new website: Parent Central, launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to offer parents resources for child safety in and around vehicles.

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