Child Passenger Safety

YouTube For Visual Learners

YouTube has tremendous outreach potential. We can use video to transfer evidence-based knowledge to consumers and injury prevention stakeholders who are visual learners. Overtime, YouTube has become a core component of CIRP@CHOP’s dissemination strategy.

Car Seats Protect Inside a Vehicle— But What About Outside?

Car seats are essential for keeping children protected in motor vehicles. However, parents and caregivers may not realize that car seats (and other sitting/carrying devices) can actually pose a serious threat to children when they are used outside of their intended purposes. Recent research has explored injuries and even fatalities that can occur when these devices are used inappropriately.

Research Goes Beyond the Crash Test Dummy with Kinect Sensors

Current testing protocols for evaluation of child restraint systems (CRS) do not always reflect real-world scenarios. CIRP@CHOP and Monash University researchers conducted a large-scale naturalistic study of children restrained in CRS that vehicles instrumented with Microsoft Xbox Kinect Sensors™. One million Kinect images later, we know more about realistic child movements in their CRS.

The Rear Seat Challenge for Auto Engineers

New CIRP@CHOP and IIHS research describes the safety of the rear seat relative to the front seat for today's modern passenger vehicles. Bottom line, the rear seat needs focused attention from industry and government.

Promoting Tween Passenger Safety

New campaign from NHTSA, "Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up", reminds parents to insist on correct restraint use for their kids between ages of 8 and 14. With my young children, my goal is to make buckling up automatic or second nature as they grow into Tweens and Teens

Lifesavers 2015: Child Passenger Safety Q & A

At the Lifesavers Conference held last month in Chicago, I presented on my research examining the awareness, attitudes, and dissemination practices of pediatricians two years following the release of the revised American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on child passenger safety. The presentation elicited some interesting questions that I thought would be worth sharing.

Using the Microsoft Xbox Kinect Sensor™ for Child Safety Research

It is no surprise that researchers often seek out cost-effective ways to conduct rigorous research. What may be surprising, however, is that a new data collection tool being utilized by CIRP@CHOP investigators is part of a gaming system that many families have in their homes.

Legislating Best Practice Recommendations for Child Passenger Safety

This post explores the question-- should evidence-based recommendations for optimal child passenger safety be translated into legislation?

Remembering Optimal Child Seat Safety at the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, visiting relatives may offer to help out with carpools and pick-ups while they are visiting. Although this is a great help to parents and other primary caregivers, it also may warrant a refresher in best practice child passenger safety recommendations.

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