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

January 7, 2016
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.

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

October 20, 2015
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.

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

September 8, 2015
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.

Remembering Optimal Child Seat Safety at the Holidays

December 18, 2014
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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A Lesson in Royal Car Seat Safety: Part 2

April 9, 2014

Nine months ago, we blogged about the improper restraint methods used to transport a newborn Prince George of the UK home from the hospital. Unfortunately, the Royal Family is once again making international news for their concerning child passenger safety practices.

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Plan in Advance for Traveling With a Car Seat

August 29, 2013
I recently read an interesting article from TODAY about whether parents should bring their own car seats when traveling with children, or rely on rental car companies to supply them. While the article recommends it may be best to always bring your own seat, the decision may not always be straightforward, and planning in advance for travel with a car seat is key.

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The Challenges of Child Seat Installations

August 19, 2013
Child restraint system (CRS) misuse is a common occurrence that remains a challenge for the child passenger safety community and caregivers. Particularly alarming is that, although recent estimates of CRS misuse are as high as 72 percent, other research has found that 90 percent of caregivers are confident or very confident in their installation of a CRS. In research published in Injury Prevention this month, my CIRP@CHOP colleagues and I investigated caregivers’ confidence in CRS installations with interesting results.

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A Lesson in Royal Car Seat Safety

July 25, 2013
On Tuesday, July 23, the world watched as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced us to their first child, Prince George. For those of us in the child passenger safety community, the happy occasion was soon mixed with concern as the new parents strapped their son into a child safety seat and drove off. As many blogs, forums, and national news outlets have reported, it appeared that although Prince George was rear-facing, he was not properly restrained in his child safety seat.

Over the Top - The Case for the Tether

May 30, 2013
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted in-person surveys of 479 drivers with forward-facing child restraints equipped with tether anchors. The study found that 56% of these restraints were installed with the tether, and 39% had correct installation of the tether. The drivers’ most common self-reported barriers to tether use were that that they did not know about the tether or they did not know how to use it. Read why it's important to emphasize the top tether in parent education...

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