Every year, over 100,000 children under the age of 14 years will sustain serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children aged 5 to 14 years and remain the second leading cause of death of unintentional injury deaths for children less than 4 years of age.
Most of the injuries occur due to failure to properly protect children and other occupants in motor vehicles. Obviously children have different tolerances to impact and resulting injury and many automobile and component manufacturers are not as focused as they should be on child injury prevention in automotive crashes. Unfortunately, many children are killed due to improper child seat design, seat belt design, and deficiencies with vehicle restraint systems.
In just a split second when an accident occurs, a child’s and family’s life can be forever impacted. Many of these tragic car accidents result not only from the negligence of other drivers but also as a result of defectively designed and manufactured products failing to take into account proper safety considerations despite knowledge of deficiencies.