Effect of vehicle incompatibility on child occupant injury risk.

TitleEffect of vehicle incompatibility on child occupant injury risk.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKallan MJ, Arbogast KB, Durbin D
JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
Volume49
Pagination279-92
Date Published2005
ISSN1540-0360
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Adolescent, Automobiles, Child, Equipment Design, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Risk Assessment, United States, Wounds and Injuries
Abstract

With the vehicle fleet of family transportation in the United States continuing to evolve primarily through the increasing number of light truck vehicles (LTV), studying the effects of vehicle incompatibility has become increasingly important. Using data collected from a population-based sample of child-involved crashes in insured vehicles, we explored the effect of variations in crash partner vehicle type on child occupant injury risk, stratified by direction of impact. Children in passenger cars and LTVs involved in onside collisions were at an increased risk of serious injury if struck by a LTV as compared to a passenger vehicle (passenger cars and minivans). Though smaller in magnitude, this trend was also present in offside and rear crashes as well.

Alternate JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
PubMed ID16179154