Motor Vehicle Safety

​Motor Vehicle Safety

​​​​​​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly supports optimal safety for children and adolescents of all ages during all forms of travel. Improved vehicle crashworthiness and greater use of child restraint systems have significantly affected the safety of children in automobiles. Major shifts in child restraint use, particularly the use of booster seats among older children, have occurred in response to public education programs and enhancements to child restraint laws in nearly every state. Despite this progress, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death of children 4 years and older. ​

Policy and Publications

For Families

Patient Education Car Safety Seats: 2016 Guide for Families
Updated annually, this brochure helps parents make informed decisions about car seat selection and use. Included in this 40-page brochure is information on the various types of safety seats, the LATCH attachment system, air bags, car seat recalls, installation tips, and built-in seats offered by auto manufacturers, plus feature comparisons of more than 130 car seats!

Car Seats: Information for Families 2015

AAP App for Selecting, Installing Car Seats: Car Seat Check​

Driving Safety 

Teen Passengers: What Parents Need to Know 

Graduated Driver Licenses: Information for Parents

Sample Driving Rules Teens Must Follow  

Young Driver​ a free resource for parents of teen drivers