THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 608.5

Guest: Heather Paul, PhD. Exec. Dir., National Safe Kids Campaign

Topic: Car seats 1 (We’re not buckling up our kids)

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: The biggest killer of our kids...coming up..

SPOT: The best emergency? The one that doesn’t happen. The National Emergency Medicine Association. Visit us at www.nemahealth.org.

NEMA: We all want to protect our kids...but we can’t seem to get the hang of putting them and keeping them in car seats. 14 hundred kids are killed in crashes, a quarter million seriously hurt each year. Heather Paul of the National Safe Kids Campaign...

PAUL: Motor vehicle crashes really are the number one killer of kids between the ages of 1 and 14. And there’s an awful lot parents and caregivers can do to make sure their children are restrained.

NEMA: But right now, 40% of kids in cars are not restrained!

PAUL: 4 out of 5 car seats are improperly installed, which boggles the mind. Outside of over a third of children not riding restrained at all, one can’t imagine that’s still the case. There are so many different designs of car seats out there...parents are not sure what age child goes in what seat. They are confused about children who should ride in the front seat, in the back...we are now recommending that all children 12 years and under travel in the back seat, regardless of an air bag...it’s much safer to be in the back seat for all children.

NEMA: How to check your kids’ car seats...next time. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.