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Car seats reduce child casualties

The number of children killed in car accidents in Sweden has fallen dramatically in recent decades due to the use of child car seats, according to a new study.

The study from Chalmers University of Technology and several Swedish automotive companies found that the number of children who lost their lives while sitting in a car from 1982 to 2011 fell by 83 percent, reports Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

A number of factors have led to the drop, but the most significant was the introduction of back-facing child seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Increased car safety and better roads also contributed.

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