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Death Rate for Kids without Child Seats 13.4 Times Higher

Death Rate for Kids without Child Seats 13.4 Times Higher

   Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--The traffic accident fatality rate for car passengers under 6 was 13.4 times higher for those who did not use a child seat than those who used such seats correctly, Japanese police data showed Thursday.
   In a survey covering the five years through 2018, eight died out of the 25,458 children hit by car accidents while correctly using child seats, putting the fatality rate at 0.03 pct, according to the National Police Agency.
   On the other hand, 33 out of the 7,848 children harmed while not using such seats died. The death rate stood at 0.42 pct.
   The agency plans to call on drivers to use child seats correctly in its nationwide autumn campaign to promote traffic safety, scheduled for Sept. 21 to 30.
   Car drivers are legally obliged to use a child seat for any passenger under 6. However, only 70.5 pct of the surveyed drivers with a small child used such a seat, according to a national survey conducted by the NPA and the Japan Automobile Federation in June.

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