Across the nation, car crashes are a leading cause of death among children. Riding without safety belts is the greatest risk factor for death and injury for children in cars. About 40% of children age four and under ride without safety seats or belts.

In the spring of 1998, experts surveyed drivers in New York State. They found that only 89.9% of children under the age of four always used safety seats or belts.

For more information, see the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Governor's Traffic Safety Committee's web site.