Motor Vehicle Safety - Identifying High-Risk Situations High-risk situations: improperly installing a child safety seat, allowing a child to ride in the bed of a pickup truck, and leaving a child unattended in a car. Installing and Using Child Safety Seats and Booster Seats As part of your preparation for your new baby, you probably got an infant safety seat for the car. But do you know how to make sure it’s installed properly? And when do you switch to a child safety seat? Learn the ins and outs of safe car travel for your little one. Car Safety Detailed information on car safety All About Child Passenger Safety Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him or her safe in case of an accident. Pedestrian Safety Children are at higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they often don't understand traffic rules or the danger that vehicles pose. In addition, parents and caregivers often overestimate a child's traffic skills. Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood death in the United States. But when properly installed and used, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 70 percent for infants and 55 percent for toddlers. Air Bags and Kids A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 12 years old, air bags can be dangerous. Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road No matter how good a driver you are, high speeds or impaired or careless driving by others can place you in danger. Teen Suicide Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.