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 Child and Youth Transportation Safety

The NTSB Child and Youth Transportation Safety Initiative will promote child occupant safety in all modes of transportation with a focus on educating parents and caregivers about ways to keep children safe when traveling. The NTSB will also continue to push for adoption of its recommendations concerning child occupant safety, such as:

  • Requiring separate seats and restraints for all airplane occupants, and requiring children younger than 2 to be restrained by an appropriate child restraint system during air travel

  • Ensuring that children up to 8 years old are required to use child restraint systems and booster seats when traveling in passenger vehicles
  • Enact strong graduated licensing laws and enforce them, including restrictions on numbers of passengers
  • Implementing boating safety standards to include mandatory use of personal floatation devices for children
 

Aviation Safety

Videos and Simulations


Protecting your child while traveling doesn't stop at the airport boarding gate. Use an approved child safety seat during the flight as well.

Sled Tests with Child Dummies in Simulated Airplane Crashes. (WMV, 23 MB)
image of AA1420 from chase plane.
In the American Airlines Flight 1420 accident in Little Rock, Arkansas, shown in the simulation below, a 2-year old seated in a child safety seat was uninjured. The child's mother stated that it would have been impossible to hold the child during the crash if the child had been seated on her lap. (AVI, 5 MB)

Related Information

Safety Alerts

NTSB Child Passenger Safety Recommendations and Information

Additional Resources

NTSB Presentations & Reports

 

Highway Safety

Videos and Simulations


Always make sure your children travel in an approved car seat or booster seat that has been properly installed.

Chairman Hersman's Remarks on Seat Belt Use, including a booster seat demonstration.

Chairman Hersman Visits Child Safety Seat Check Point
Video 1 Occupant Kinematics.
Crash simulations show how booster seats can save lives. (Windows Media, 3.5MB)

Related Information

Safety Alerts

NTSB Child Passenger Safety Recommendations and Information

Additional Resources

NTSB Presentations & Reports

 

2010 NTSB Forum: Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles

 

General Resources

NTSB Presentations & Reports

External Links