Child Passenger Safety

CHOP’s Buckle Up For Life Program Educates on Passenger Safety for the Whole Family

Today, we are pleased to welcome a guest blog post from CHOP Trauma Prevention Coordinator Kelsy Stenger on Buckle Up For Life, a community-based passenger safety education program that educates families on critical safety behaviors and provides free child car seats to families in need.

CChIPS Expands its Website

CHOP's Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) has expanded its website. Read more about CChIPS' unique research model and the resources you'll find on the website.

Dogs and Driving: Reasons to Restrain Pets in Cars

To drive safely with both people and dogs in tow, here are pet restraint safety guidelines to share based on tenets of human occupant protection.

Disparities in Motor Vehicle Crash Death Rates

An interesting study exploring the trends in inequalities in motor vehicle crash death rates came across my desk yesterday. Study authors suggest multiple factors at the community level could explain increased disparities.

Best Practice for Car and Booster Seats As Your Child Gets Older

A recent Michigan based study reminds us that we need to remain vigilant about proper car seat and booster seat installation for older kids. Read more for resources on helping families learn best practices for child passenger safety in older children.

Remembering Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

While we often link road safety to vehicle safety, more children sustain injuries as pedestrians and bicyclists than as occupants in motor vehicle crashes. As pediatricians, we need to be proactive about teaching “defensive” walking and biking. Read more for discussion tips with with parents.

CChIPS Research Projects Aim to Alleviate Incompatibilities Between Car Seats and Vehicle Seats

Through the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies, researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The Ohio State University are investigating incompatibilities between child restraint systems and vehicle seats, and identifying solutions for parents and manufacturers.

NJ's New Child Passenger Safety Law Goes Into Effect Today

As of today, a new (and stricter) child passenger safety law is in effect. Read on for what parents in New Jersey need to know.

Babies in the Front Seat? Volvo’s New Concept an Interesting Approach, but Not Ready for US Vehicles

Last month, Volvo introduced their Excellence Child Seat Concept in Sweden, which reimagines the front seat of passenger vehicles to allow for a restrained, rear-seated child passenger. In the concept, the front passenger seat swivels to aid the parent in securing the child into a child restraint system, and then swivels to position the child rear-facing in the vehicle. The Excellence Child Seat Concept not only illustrates a new idea that designs a vehicle interior around child passengers, but also highlights the differences in child passenger safety best practices between the US and Sweden.

Join the Conversation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day 2015

Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.

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