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Motor Vehicle Occupant Protection Facts


This booklet is divided into three main sections. The first section presents general information on the need for and importance of promoting occupant restraint use for children, youth, and young adults. Most of the data and discussion in the document refer to these groups according to the following ages:

Children: newborns to age 7

Youth: 8 to 15

Young adults: 16 to 20

The next section provides occupant protection facts specific to children and youth, followed by facts for young adults.

The last section includes survey findings from NHTSA's Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Surveys on self-reported behavior, attitudes, and opinions about safety belt use and laws. These surveys measure consumers' attitudes and opinions about occupant protection.

March 2016 (DOT HS 812251)

August 2008 (DOT HS 810654)