Looking Forward to Lifesavers in Denver, Part One

March 5, 2013

Plane 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.

It has been a couple of years since our Center has had new information to share broadly with colleagues and stakeholders around Child Occupant Protection. This year, 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. Look for these three workshops in the Occupant Protection for Children track:

What's New in Research, Part I (Monday, April 15, 10:45 a.m.)

Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE  will present his collaborative research with Transport Canada that identified the most common misuses seen in a review of thousands of CRS inspection forms collected at community car seat checks for forward and rear-facing child safety seats. He will then describe the replication of the misuses in full-vehicle crash tests captured in high-speed video to demonstrate which misuses have the most potential to cause serious injury. This is helpful to Lifesavers audiences because it will help us prioritize our restraint use messages to parents, making sure they hear about the ones that matter most.

What's New in Research, Part II (Tuesday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.)

Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE will present results from the National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS). The aim of this multi-phase study has been to develop a system for collecting supplemental child-specific data as part of the National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES) and Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS). CIRP is particularly interested in such a system to monitor trends in child passenger safety (CPS), assess the performance of new safety technologies for children, and serve as a national resource to set the agenda for CPS in the US. In his presentation, Dennis will provide insights that advance crash surveillance research methods, as well as describe the real challenges in subject contact and consent procedures in a digital mobile world.

In this same workshop, Matthew Maltese, PhD will present results of a study comparing the FMVSS 213 sled test to the full-scale vehicle crash environment. This dynamic sled test simulates a frontal vehicle crash in which child safety seats (CSS) are mounted to a bench seat intended to mimic the rear seat of a vehicle. When Matt and his team subjected the same crash test dummy and CSS to identical crash pulses on both the FMVSS 213 bench and on actual rear seats from a passenger car, SUV, and minivan (all mounted on an acceleration sled), they found clear differences in kinematics for the dummy and the CSS between the bench test and the real rear seats tests. The team has been determining the characteristics of the bench seat that led to these differences, so improvements to the FMVSS 213 sled test can be made. Now that is research in action!  More on CIRP@CHOP at Lifesavers tomorrow…