National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Marion Blakey will participate in a news conference to announce plans for a nationwide distribution of nearly 10,000 child safety seats to low-income families.
The event, which is being held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 25, is sponsored by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Auto Workers and General Motors.
"Highway crashes do not discriminate; children of all races are equally vulnerable" Chairman Blakey said. "However, African-American children under the age of four have the highest death rate in automobile crashes and are three times more likely to die in a highway crash," she added.
Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (1-4 year olds) in passenger cars. In an effort to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to know that their child is safely secured in their vehicle, the Safety Board has called on every automaker and each state to establish permanent child safety seat fitting stations in every community. The agency has also worked with other government and safety advocacy organizations to assist in disseminating the life-saving information.
The NAACP-hosted news conference is being held at the NAACP headquarters at 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland.
NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.