CPS education

Lifesavers 2015: Child Passenger Safety Q & A

April 2, 2015
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.

Expanding Child Passenger Safety Knowledge in China

November 6, 2014
I recently returned from an exciting conference in Shanghai, China– the 1st International Conference on Children’s Car Safety Technology. I was fortunate to be a member of a multinational coalition of researchers and industry experts whose goal was to jump-start activities in Shanghai regarding support of a recently passed law requiring child restraints for young children.

An International Collaboration For Child Passenger Safety

October 9, 2014
Today, we are pleased to share a moderated discussion between Kristy Arbogast, PhD, CIRP@CHOP co-scientific director, and Isabelle Stockman, a researcher and PhD candidate from SAFER, the Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Arbogast and Ms. Stockman have collaborated on several projects looking at the impact of pre-crash maneuvers on child passenger safety.

New Resource Alert: Redesigned Child Passenger Safety Charts

July 10, 2014

Today, CIRP@CHOP has made available redesigned child passenger safety charts that provide valuable insight for child passenger safety (CPS) technicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers. Based on data collected through CHOP’s Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study, the charts have been graphically updated for use in presentations and other educational settings. Each is available in both PDF and PowerPoint format for easy use.

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.

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...

Using the Lab to Improve Tools for Child Restraint System Safety Design

May 7, 2013
I recently received practical questions from an audience of Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians about how they should share with parents the results of my on-going research. The short answer is: continue to educate parents exactly as you have been doing using current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines. Child safety seats and booster seats, as they are, are very effective at protecting children in crashes. However, until all preventable injuries have been eliminated, we will strive to continue to reduce that risk. One way is to improve the tools we use to design child restraint systems...

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