Mexicans and other Latins think Americans are a cold-hearted people for strapping kids into carseats, so there are numerous preventable deaths among immigrants and aliens like the following:
Authorities sought a driver Wednesday who fled on foot after his sport utility vehicle crossed a center line and crashed into a semi-truck, killing a 3-month-old passenger in the SUV who was being held in his mother`s lap.
A search by helicopters and a sheriff`s dog didn`t find the man after Tuesday night`s wreck on Highway 546, and his identity remained unknown. [...]The mother reportedly speaks Mixteco, an indigenous language spoken in Mexico, and that investigators were having trouble finding an interpreter, Leary said. [Baby on mom`s lap killed in Wash. collision AP, July 22,Â 2009]
A 2005 article in a southern California paper described the difficulty in convincing stubborn Hispanics to follow the law in the United States (Language, Culture Are Cited as Barriers)
Rodriguez said there`s also an impression in the Latino community that a parent can do a better job protecting a child than a safety seat."We did a study," she said. "In the Latino culture, a mom wants to hold her baby. For a mother, especially when the baby is small, to put him in the back seat, the thinking is you`re not a good mother. That is changing, but the sense is if the child is here with me, I can hold the baby in a crash. But the forces that occur in the crash, no way they can hold their baby."