On board with safety planning.
Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. For younger children, car seats can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury – but over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly. For older children, buckling up is critical. A full 50% of children age 8-14 who were killed in car crashes from 2011-2015 were not restrained.
Car Seat Safety 1st: How Do I Choose?
Tween Seat Safety matters!
My oldest (he is 15 and 5' 9") rides in the front with me, but my 11 year-old rides in the back seat. He often mentions that friends his age who are shorter than he is ride in the front seat, but in my car it's my rules and they're not up for negotiation when it comes to safety.
For more information or if you need more tips to convince your tween to buckle up, visitSaferCar.gov/KidsBuckleUp. If you have a great tip, join the conversation on social media using: #KidsBuckleUp.