According to the CDC leading causes of death reports from the WISQARS database, the total fatalities by age in the “MV Traffic” category from 2001 to 2010 (the most recent decade available) are as follows:

Age 0-12 months:  1,208

Age 1: 1,147

Age 2: 1,201

Age 3: 1,119

Age 4: 1,085

Age 5: 1,075

Age 6: 1,040

Age 7: 982

Age 8: 991

Age 9: 1022

Age 10: 997

There is no information provided about the whether a child restraint was present or not.  If a restraint was present, there is no information about misuse.  We don’t know if alcohol or distracted driving contributed to the fatality.  We really know nothing else about this data, other than the total number of children killed at each age.

Even given the lack of specifics on this raw data, do these numbers surprise you?  Would you have expected toddlers age 1, 2 or 3 to suffer fatal motor vehicle related injuries more frequently than babies under 1 year old, those presumably more likely to have been rear-facing in 2010 and earlier? Would you have expected booster age children age 4 and up to have more fatalities than younger kids that are more likely to be in a 5-point harness?  Or, is a pretty even distribution just what you would have expected?