Differential risk of injury in child occupants by passenger car classification.

TitleDifferential risk of injury in child occupants by passenger car classification.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKallan MJ, Durbin D, Elliott MR, Menon RA, Winston FK
JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
Volume47
Pagination329-41
Date Published2003
ISSN1540-0360
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Age Factors, Automobiles, Child, Child, Preschool, Equipment Design, Humans, Infant, Odds Ratio, Predictive Value of Tests, Risk, United States, Wounds and Injuries
Abstract

In the United States, passenger cars are the most common passenger vehicle, yet they vary widely in size and crashworthiness. Using data collected from a population-based sample of crashes in State Farm-insured vehicles, we quantified the risk of injury to child occupants by passenger car size and classification. Injury risk is predicted by vehicle weight; however, there is an increased risk in both Large vs. Luxury and Sports vs. Small cars, despite similar average vehicle weights in both comparisons. Parents who are purchasing passenger cars should strongly consider the size of the vehicle and its crashworthiness.

Alternate JournalAnnu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
PubMed ID12941234