Child Injury Prevention (Ages 0-6)

Child passenger restraints

Introduction

Why is child passenger safety important?  In 2009 it was the leading cause of injury death for children 5 - 9.  Nineteen (19) children age 0-4 and thirteen (13) age 5-9 died from motor vehicle related crashes in Canada in 2009.  One hundred and forty (140) children age 0-4 and two hundred and thirteen (213) children age 5-9 were admitted to hospital as a result of a motor vehicle crash (2010/11).   As stated in Lesson 1, Introduction to Child Injury Prevention, these admissions are just the tip of the iceberg as many of these children are only seen in the emergency room or at a clinic, and are not admitted to hospital.

Motor vehicle related injuries are preventable.

Primary messsages

The images and messages depicted are the most common ways that children 0-6 are injured from child passenger related incidents.  Visit the Images section for each topic to view and download the images with their corresponding messages. 

How to use the images?

These images can be useful in starting discussion about what caregivers know about how to prevent injury and to problem-solve around the barriers they encounter in keeping their children safe.  The images can also be integrated into other resources that you create, such as posters, calendars, displays, etc.

Program examples and evaluation tool

These child passenger safety examples are based on best practice and share activities that groups have done or could undertake.

The following documents are available for download :

Supplementary messages and resources

  • Knowing a child’s height and weight before purchasing a new car seat is important
  • Infants and toddlers should remain in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible because it is the most protective design for vulnerable bodies.  Many car seats in Canada rear-face to 40lbs or more.
  • Follow the instructions that come with the car seat and with the vehicle to ensure the car seat is installed and used correctly.

For additional messaging and information visit the car seat section of the Parachute website.

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Endnotes

Public Health Agency of Canada analysis of 2009 mortality data from Statistics Canada and 2010/11 hospitalization data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. (This is the most recent data available.)