NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


August 26, 2003

The National Transportation Safety Board will co-host along with the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign a news conference emphasizing the importance of requiring children to ride in the back seat of automobiles on Wednesday August 27, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S. W. Washington, D.C. New data on the life saving benefits of rear seat placement will be released.

The purpose of the news conference is to emphasize the message that regardless of advanced technology children are safer in a back seat. "We want to make sure parents understand - old air bag, new air bag, no air bag, kids are always safer in the back seat and properly restrained, " said NTSB Chairman Ellen G. Engleman.

Participants in the conference include:

The movement of children to the rear seat has been credited with helping to dramatically reduce the number of child fatalities in traffic crashes. Yet recent data indicate that an alarming number of parents are still putting their children in the front seat.

Directions to Board Room: Front door located on Lower 10th Street, directly below L'Enfant Plaza. From Metro, exit L'Enfant Plaza station at 9th and D Streets escalator, walk through shopping mall, at CVS store take escalator down one level. Board Room will be to your left.

NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



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.