Related to this we are going to provide you with some information on the use of child restraining systems which is based on our newsletter, A view of Road safety (1990-2012), prepared by analyzing all the basic reference documents of the Directorate of Traffic (DGT), and statistics provided by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
During the last few years the percentage of children between 0 and 12 years old travelling as passengers in a car or a van and using a restraining system in normal conditions has shown a notable increase, passing 55.8% in 2002 and 98.6% in 2011.
If you look at only the children killed in road accidents then it is quite another situation. According to a study by the MAPFRE FOUNDATION in 2010, between 2005 and 2008, 40% of the children between 0 and 14 years old that were victims of an accident while travelling as passengers were not using any type of safety system at the time of the accident.
However, the percentage of children that were killed while wearing a child restraining device is progressively increasing. The annual data from the Directorate of Traffic, (DGT) available now for 2013 shows that 73.9% of children between 0 and 12 killed on our roads in either a car or a van were using a child safety system and had used one during the 24 hour period prior to the accident. This percentage reflects an increase of 12 percentage points in the use of child safety devices in the vehicle.
It does seem rather alarming that the use of safety devices by children that were killed in traffic accidents is less for citizens of other European countries or where someone is driving children from a diverse culture. Taking into account only the children killed in cars and vans during 2010 that were using some sort of safety device at the time of the accident and had used one in the previous 24 hours, the percentage of Spanish children not using any restraining system was 24 %, but the percentage of children from other European countries killed was 78%. This is an important point when launching publicity and educational campaigns.
And lastly, another study by the MAPFRE FOUNDATION carried out in 2005 and re-edited in 2009, found that the most common excuse from parents or carers for not using child seats was that it was only a short trip (38%) or they couldn’t be bothered (20%).
At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we wish to remind you once again the need to always use a child restraining system (CRS) to protect children travelling in our car and to help improve road safety. Of course, knowing how to choose a quality approved restraining system is very important for which information is the key. We recommend that before choosing you read as much available information as possible then make your choice.