Falls replace car crashes as main cause of injury for Kiwi kids

  • 05/10/2017
Boy asleep in car sat
The reduction in pedestrian and car crash injuries has taken place over the decade from 2004 to 2014. Photo credit: Getty

Fewer Kiwi kids are being seriously injured in car crashes, while more are being hurt in falls, Stats NZ says.

The reduction in pedestrian and car crash injuries has taken place over the decade from 2004 to 2014.

With 13.2 children per 100,000 seriously hurt in car crashes in 2014, this now accounted for 16 percent of all serious injuries to those aged under 15, down from 20 percent in 2004.

It's a reduction that came despite there now being more cars on the roads, Stats NZ injury information manager Dan Oberhaus said.

However, the most common cause of serious injuries to children is falls, with 22.9 Kiwi kids per 100,000 being hurt in 2014.

This accounted for 29 percent of serious injuries to those under 15, up from 20 percent in 2004.

Assaults accounted for 8 percent of serious injuries in 2014 with suicide and drowning each accounting for less than 5 percent.

Stats NZ counts serious injuries as fatalities and near fatalities.

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