Child Passenger Safety

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.

New Resource Alert: Webinar on Safety in Children with Special Health Care Needs

Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.

Active Safety in Motor Vehicles: Considering the Implications for Child Occupants and Teen Drivers

As active safety features (safety systems that are active prior to a crash, such as seat belts or air bags) become more complex in motor vehicles, it's critical for child safety researchers to consider the implications for child and adolescent motor vehicle occupants and teen drivers.

Wandering in Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elopement, or wandering, is the most common "problematic" behavior related to safety that I encounter in my practice and can potentially lead to pedestrian traffic injuries. Learn what clinicians, schools, and parents can do.