More specifically, 1538 were under the age of 16. There are 74,000,000 children under the age of 16 in the US. Of the children under the age of 16 that died in car crashes in 2009, 909 were fully or partially ejected. So of the children that died in the US in car crashes, 59% were ejected (whether fully or partially). The odds are low, but definitely not one in a billion.
Um. Not a mathematician here but I think you are off by a couple of orders of magnitude. 2.5% of 300 million is 7 million NOT 76,000...my guess would be more like .025% Just saying.
Also, the odds of having a kid killed in car crash is .002% and the odds that that death is due to ejection? .00122%
1 in a Million is .0001%. So I guess we are really looking at a risk of 1 in several hundred thousand...right?
ETA: I've been looking for the number of children who die each year from pneumonia/flu (both for personal decision making reasons and because I think it is germaine to this discussion) and think it would be interesting to see the comparison between that and ejection risk. But I haven't found any good numbers more recent than 1999 and I didn't want to compare apples and kumquats.
Edited by Jenne - 12/12/10 at 6:58pm