Child Passenger Safety
July 18, 2013Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding a public meeting to gather input on its efforts to significantly upgrade the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) for the first time since NASS’s inception in the 1970’s. NASS collects data on a nationally representative sample of police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes and related injuries, and therefore plays a pivotal role in research, legislation, and policy. CIRP@CHOP has been working with NHTSA since 2007 to develop the National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), a system for collecting supplemental child-specific data as part of NASS-GES (General Estimates System), and will continue to be vocal in ensuring the unique safety needs of children are considered as NASS is modernized.
June 13, 2013One in three U.S. children ages 4 through 7 years are still not riding in a child restraint system when they are passengers in motor vehicles, according to the 2011 National Survey on Use of Booster Seats. To better protect these children, we developed and evaluated Boosting Restraint Norms, a community-led social marketing campaign that emerged from a multi-phase line of research conducted at CIRP.
May 30, 2013Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted in-person surveys of 479 drivers with forward-facing child restraints equipped with tether anchors. The study found that 56% of these restraints were installed with the tether, and 39% had correct installation of the tether. The drivers’ most common self-reported barriers to tether use were that that they did not know about the tether or they did not know how to use it. Read why its important to emphasize the top tether in parent education...
May 20, 2013Two weeks ago, The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) held its annual Advances in Child Injury Prevention (ACIP) conference in Plymouth, Michigan. ACIP presents the latest research in traffic safety for children and adolescents. Attendance at ACIP has grown every year, this time attracting over 100 participants from 38 companies. Presenters include investigators funded by CChIPS as well as external investigators who are invited by CChIPS to update the participants on relevant new work. This year’s topics included...
May 7, 2013I recently received practical questions from an audience of Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians about how they should share with parents the results of my on-going research. The short answer is: continue to educate parents exactly as you have been doing using current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines. Child safety seats and booster seats, as they are, are very effective at protecting children in crashes. However, until all preventable injuries have been eliminated, we will strive to continue to reduce that risk. One way is to improve the tools we use to design child restraint systems...
April 29, 2013Seventy percent of rear seat occupants are children and adolescents, so it’s important to consider their unique safety needs as part of any improvements to the rear seat. Released today, a new CPS Issue Report provides recommendations for research and policy to help guide traffic safety colleagues in their consideration of priorities for safety in the rear seat, especially as it pertains to NHTSA’s Request for Comment to identify needed improvements to the New Car Assessment Program.
April 9, 2013As a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician and an Outreach Specialist here at CIRP@CHOP, I help researchers translate research findings into practical recommendations and messages. To effectively reach our end users, which are typically parents, we need to consider how their beliefs and motivations impact how they receive and interpret our messages. I recently read a post on the Safe Kids blog that put this idea into practice on a global scale.
March 26, 2013As one of my particular research interests revolves around the proper use of child restraint systems (CRS), I wanted to share with you what we know today about CRS misuse in the United States. Studies from Safe Kids USA and NHTSA highlight common types of CRS misuse, but we also need to understand the potential consequences of these errors.
March 14, 2013Over the past 15 years, through both the Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study and the National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), CHOP researchers and our partners have been dedicated to creating a system to collect supplemental crash data specific to children. Although collecting this data for a large population of children is challenging, it’s important to understand the mechanisms by which children are injured to determine how best to protect them in car crashes. Police crash reports provide a glimpse into this data, but digging deeper to understand pre- and post-event details offers a more complete picture of child injury.
March 5, 2013Plane tickets, hotel reservations and registrations are booked for a strong CIRP@CHOP presence at the Lifesavers Conference. I hope we’ll see you in Denver on April 14th to 16th. Lifesavers attendees will be among the first to hear about our ongoing research to inform targeted engineering, policy and education countermeasures to reduce injuries and deaths among child motor vehicle occupants in three separate presentations.