Author
Abstract
In the United States, passenger cars are the most common passenger vehicle, yet they vary widely in size and crashworthiness. Using data collected from a population-based sample of crashes in State Farm-insured vehicles, we quantified the risk of injury to child occupants by passenger car size and classification. Injury risk is predicted by vehicle weight; however, there is an increased risk in both Large vs. Luxury and Sports vs. Small cars, despite similar average vehicle weights in both comparisons. Parents who are purchasing passenger cars should strongly consider the size of the vehicle and its crashworthiness.
Year of Publication
2003
Journal
Annu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
Volume
47
Number of Pages
329-41
Date Published
2003
ISSN Number
1540-0360
Alternate Journal
Annu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med
PMID
12941234