Frank Filacchione isn't taking any chances. He went to St. Mary's Hospital in Queens to make sure his 1-month-old's car seat is properly installed.
But not all parents are as careful. Child advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed more than 1,000 parents. One in four admitted to sometimes driving without buckling up their kids.
"They told us if they were taking a short ride or if they were driving overnight with their kids, or perhaps as a reward they found it was OK not to buckle up for that ride," said Kate Carr, the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Michele Seifert says she never takes that chance with her 16-month old.
"In that 5 minutes of it being a short distance, there could be a really bad accident and your child could be really badly hurt, or worse than that, they could be killed," Seifert said.
In 2011, about 680 children, under the age of 12, were killed in motor vehicle crashes. According to the study, one-third were riding without car seats or seatbelts that could have saved their lives.
Younger parents, 18-29, as well as those with graduate degrees and higher incomes, were more likely to cut corners.
"You would think you'd find the reverse to be true, but perhaps they think they have a car with more protection or they think they're better drivers. I'm not really sure the reason," Carr said.
"Not this guy," Filacchione said. "Definitely going to make sure everything is done properly."
Which is what experts want to hear. Keeping children safe by buckling up every ride, every time.
Since 1987, the number of children dying in motor vehicle crashes has fallen 58 percent. But motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-12.
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