Responding to disproportionate rates of African American and Hispanic
children dying in motor vehicle-related crashes, Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center and Toyota today announced that they are
doubling the reach of their groundbreaking safety education program Buckle
Up for Life. Buckle Up for Life - or Abróchate a la
Vida in Spanish - is the only national program of its kind.
Research analyzed by Cincinnati Children's - a national leader in
pediatric and adolescent medicine - shows that African American and
Hispanic children are more likely than other children to die in motor
vehicle crashes. Research also shows that, due to multiple factors,
African American and Hispanic children are significantly less likely
than non-African American and non-Hispanic children to be buckled up in
seat belts or car seats.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in
the U.S. between the ages of 1 and 12.
Three out of every 4 car seats are not used or installed correctly and almost 50% of fatally injured children were unrestrained at the
time of a crash.
In crashes involving fatalities in children under 14, seat belt use is
lower among African Americans than among all other race or ethnic
Hispanic children are significantly less likely to be buckled up than
Non-Hispanic children across all age groups.
The number of children buckled up nearly tripled among the families
who participated in one of Buckle Up for Life's pilot cities.
Expansion Doubles the Reach of Buckle Up for Life
The new locations for Buckle Up for Life include Houston, Las
Vegas, Philadelphia and Orange County, CA. They join programs already in
place with local hospital partners in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles
and San Antonio. The program's expansion to Las Vegas is being conducted
in conjunction with Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC. Hospital
partners in Houston, Philadelphia and Orange County will be announced