Differential risk of injury to child occupants by SUV size.

TitleDifferential risk of injury to child occupants by SUV size.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsKallan MJ, Durbin D, Elliott MR, Arbogast KB, Winston FK
JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
Volume48
Pagination87-100
Date Published2004
ISSN1540-0360
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Automobiles, Child, Humans, United States, Wounds and Injuries
Abstract

In the United States, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the fastest growing segment of the passenger vehicle fleet, yet SUVs vary widely in size and crashworthiness. Using data collected from a population-based sample of crashes in insured vehicles, we quantified the risk of injury to child occupants in SUVs by vehicle weight. There is an increased risk in both Small and Midsize SUVs when compared to Large SUVs. Parents who are purchasing a SUV should strongly consider the size of the vehicle and its crashworthiness.

Alternate JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
PubMed ID15319119