NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


December 9, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board today concluded its public forum, Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced in her opening remarks that the forum marked the beginning of a year-long effort by the Board to promote child passenger safety across all modes of transportation.

"Safety for our smallest travelers should not be considered optional or a luxury," said Chairman Hersman.

As part of the NTSB's safety advocacy efforts, a short video focusing on the importance of properly securing children in cars and on airplanes was debuted at the start of the forum. The full video is now at www.ntsb.gov/children, as well as two shorter versions - one focused on highway safety and one focused on aviation safety. All three versions soon will be available in Spanish.

"The laws of physics don't change, whether you are on an airplane or in an automobile," said Chairman Hersman. "Children rely on their parents to know what is safest for them. The purpose of our forum was to make sure that parents have the information to do the right thing."

Chairman Hersman also noted that 18 other states, as well as American Samoa and Puerto Rico, should amend their existing booster seat laws to reflect the Safety Board's longstanding recommendation.

An archived copy of the forum webcast will be available on the Public Forums and Symposia page of the NTSB's website.

NTSB Media Contact:
Bridget Serchak



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.