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Hispanic Immigrants Don`t Believe In Car Seats
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July 23, 2009, 05:37 AM
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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,  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."