Child Passenger Safety Reports

Download child passenger safety reports on the state of CPS research, intervention, and policy. Child passenger safety educators and pediatricians will also find very current, useful information on new areas of concentration for education efforts.

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  • Optimizing the Rear Seat for Children (April 2013)
    The latest CPS Issue Report provides specific recommendations for optimizing the rear seat of passenger vehicles to better protect older children and adolescents, its most common occupants. A review of the current science suggests bringing front seat safety technologies into the rear seat may reduce the risk of serious injury for rear seated occupants. In addition to engineering solutions, the report also recommends policies and programs to increase rear seat restraint use.
         Click here to download a one page handout of key points from the report.
  •  Building a Better Crash Test Dummy (January 2010)
    This CPS Issue Report describes cutting-edge work in Pediatric Biomechanics to develop more accurate child anthropometric test devices, or crash test dummies. These advances will save lives, prevent injuries and reduce the economic cost of crashes involving child passengers.
  • The Future of Child Passenger Safety Surveillance (2008)
    This child passenger safety report summarizes CIRP’s research, conducted as part of the National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), to determine the usefulness, functionality, and feasibility of a national child occupant surveillance system that relies on federal data sources for funding.
  • 2008 Child Passenger Safety Fact and Trend Report (2008)
    This report is the fourth and final in a series providing current PCPS data about children involved in U.S. motor vehicle crashes and the injuries suffered in these crashes. Made possible with the generous support of Global Automakers (formerly known as AIAM), the report includes important data on LATCH and tether use. It also summarizes trends noticed by researchers over the last decade.
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  • 2007 Child Passenger Safety Fact and Trend Report (2007)
    This third annual report provides a snapshot of child passenger safety trends including legislation, injury rates, and crash characteristics as seen in the Partners for Child Passenger Safety data. Included for the first time are data specific to Latino children in crashes. Real-world crash data in this report is current through December 31, 2006.
          Printable Version (B&W) 
          Spanish Color Version 
         Spanish Printable Version (B&W)
  •  Legislating Restraint Use (March 2007)
    The Spring 2007 CPS Issue Report focuses on the effectiveness of state booster seat laws and primary seat belt laws to increase appropriate restraint use among 4- to 8-year-olds and 13- to 15-year-olds.
  • 2006 Child Passenger Safety Fact and Trend Report (2006)
    This second child passenger safety report in a series provides CPS trends including legislation, injury rates, and crash characteristics as seen in the PCPS data. Real-world crash data in this report is current through December 31, 2005. 
          Printable Version (B&W)
  • 2005 Child Passenger Safety Fact and Trend Report (2005)
    The first in a new series of Partners for Child Passenger Safety reports provides updated statistics about children involved in U.S. motor vehicle crashes from 1999 through 2004 based on PCPS data.
  • Safe Seating for Children (May 2005)
    The 2005 CPS Issue Report focuses on safe seating positions for children in motor vehicles.
  • Belt-Positioning Booster Seats (July 2004)
    This first CPS Issue Report describes evidence to inform the public discourse on booster seats and encourage pediatricians to advocate for booster seats with families and policymakers.
  • The State of Child Occupant Protection (2003)
    The 2003 PCPS Interim Report features trends observed during the first five years of the PCPS study. Findings include data from 1999-2002 on restraint use, seating position, motor vehicle injury risk, and injury risk due to airbag deployment.
  • 2002 Partners for Child Passenger Safety Interim Report
    The 2002 PCPS Interim Report focuses on PCPS findings from 2001-2002, including data on inappropriate restraint use, trends in booster seat use, side-impact collisions, pick-up trucks, and "seat belt syndrome" injuries.
  • 2001 Partners for Child Passenger Safety Interim Report
    The 2001 PCPS Interim Report introduces Research to Action paradigm and empowers key audiences (safety educators, health policymakers and advocates, physicians and manufacturers) to lead efforts to improve CPS legislation, education and public awareness about child passenger safety as a major public health issue.
  • 2000 Partners for Child Passenger Safety Interim Report
    The 2000 Issue Report offers an overview of the goals and mission of PCPS and describes early data on child occupant crash injury, restraint use and misuse patterns. This is a great point of reference for seeing the strides that have been made since then to improve children's safety on the road.
  • Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Issue Brief (June 2000)
    Explores early quantitative data from the first two years of the PCPS study. PCPS, the world's largest study of children in crashes, was a research partnership between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies®.