Child Passenger Safety
December 28, 2015To drive safely with both people and dogs in tow, here are pet restraint safety guidelines to share based on tenets of human occupant protection.
October 20, 2015A 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.
September 10, 2015While 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.
September 8, 2015Through 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.
September 1, 2015As 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
August 6, 2015Last 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.
July 30, 2015Tomorrow, 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.
July 9, 2015Although I am leaving CHOP and transitioning from Philadelphia to Rhode Island this summer, I am reminded that through continued collaboration and rigorous research to action to impact, we as a larger child passenger safety community can further reduce the injuries, disability, and mortality from motor vehicle crashes.