Motor vehicle occupant protection facts – Children, youth, young adults

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has produced this booklet since 2002 to explain the need for legislation, enforcement, education, and public awareness campaigns about protecting children, youth, and young adults in motor vehicles. Collectively, this information underscores why protecting young people is so important. The majority of data in this fact book comes from 2013, the most recent year data was available. It has been generated from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the General Estimates System (GES) produced by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) at NHTSA. Data from NHTSA’s 2013 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) is also included. The booklet has five main sections: (1) The national scope of motor vehicle crashes; (2) The need for and importance of appropriately sized restraint systems for each age group; (3) Facts about restraint use for children and youth from birth to 15 years old; (4) Facts about restraint use for young adults 16 to 20; and (5) Biennial telephone survey findings from NHTSA’s 2007 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS) on the behavior, attitudes, and opinions about seat belts and seat belt laws, including those of 16- to 20-year-olds. Three appendices cover State-specific information on fatalities, restraint use, and child restraint laws.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01596687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 251
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2016 2:41PM