Child Passenger Safety

New Resource Alert: Redesigned Child Passenger Safety Charts

Today, CIRP@CHOP has made available redesigned child passenger safety charts that provide valuable insight for child passenger safety (CPS) technicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers. Based on data collected through CHOP’s Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study, the charts have been graphically updated for use in presentations and other educational settings. Each is available in both PDF and PowerPoint format for easy use.

Drowsy Driving: The Impairment That Can Impact Anyone

Media attention, research dollars, and awareness campaigns often target distracted driving and drunk driving as serious impairments that can impact drivers of any age. Another type of driving impairment that receives less attention, but whose prevalence and consequences are also significant, has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight through a recent crash involving actor Tracy Morgan. That impairment is drowsy driving.

A Lesson in Royal Car Seat Safety: Part 2

Nine months ago, we blogged about the improper restraint methods used to transport a newborn Prince George of the UK home from the hospital. Unfortunately, the Royal Family is once again making international news for their concerning child passenger safety practices.

Considering LATCH Improvements

Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new study in its latest Status Report regarding LATCH ease-of-use. Although child restraint systems (CRS) installed with LATCH or with a vehicle seat belt are equally safe, LATCH was mandated in motor vehicles beginning with model year 2003 in order to make CRS installation easier. However, research has shown that parents can struggle to correctly install a CRS using LATCH.

An Additional Rating System for Infant Child Seats

Today, Consumer Reports released new infant seat ratings from its latest test protocol based on crash testing, ease-of-use, and fit-to-vehicle. After testing 34 commercially available infant seats, the consumer advocates group classified five seats as “basic,” 16 as “better,” and 13 as “best.”

The Child Passenger Safety Technician community should be prepared to field questions from consumer parents who wonder how they should interpret these results. Is their “basic” rated child seat is still safe to use? Here are few points to consider:

Benchmarking Policies that Impact Motor Vehicle Injuries

The CDC recently released its 2013 Prevention Status Reports and included motor vehicle injuries as one of the nation's most important public health problems. However, public safety laws are only one piece to the puzzle in mitigating these types of injuries.

Lifesavers: CIRP Shares Engineering Behavioral and Community-based Research to Protect Child Occupants

The Lifesavers Conference (Nashville, April 27-29, 2014) provides tremendous continuing education around child passenger safety (CPS) through its Occupant Protection for Children track. My colleague from SafeKids Worldwide, Lorrie Walker, and her committee have worked to assemble the most current information on CPS over 13 different workshops and six pre-conference workshops. Read about what CIRP@CHOP will be presenting in four of these workshops.

The Hidden Danger of Supplemental Car Seat Products

Although some parents use car seat aftermarket products such as head cushions or car seat covers, these items are not evaluated under the same federal safety standard as a child restraint system and can even void the car seat's warranty.

Our 100th Blog Post!

I'm proud to note that today's post marks our 100th blog post! We are excited for improvements to our blog this year, but also wanted to take a look back at our most popular blog posts from the last year. They are:

Is There a Difference in Child Passenger Safety Practices Between Mothers and Fathers?

Historically, there has been limited research on the child passenger safety practices of mother versus father drivers.

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