- Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional death and injury to children in New Zealand
- Approximately 16 children die each year in a motor vehicle crash.
- Starship Children's Health admission data for the period January to June 2008 shows that on average one child is admitted to Starship Children's Hospital each week as a result of a motor vehicle crash injury.
- Analysis of data (2000 and 2004) revealed that preschool children and tamariki Maori were most frequently killed as motor vehicle passengers.
- Research shows that many children are seated in incorrectly installed and used restraints.
What You Can Do
- Use of a correctly-installed car seat that is suitable for the age, size and height of your child is the best way to prevent injury or death during a motor vehicle crash.
- Watch our child restraint installation videos.
- Find a child restraint technician that can help.
Chapter 8: Where to get more information