Center for Injury Research and Prevention

The risk of injury to children in compact pickup trucks.

TitleThe risk of injury to children in compact pickup trucks.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWinston FK, Durbin D
JournalLDI Issue Brief
Date Published2002 Mar-Apr
KeywordsAccidents, Traffic, Child, Consumer Product Safety, Equipment Design, Equipment Safety, Health Policy, Humans, Motor Vehicles, Risk, Safety, United States

Nearly one million compact pickup trucks were sold last year in the US. Manufacturers now produce extended-cab models of pickups such as the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10, Dodge Dakota, and Toyota Tacoma that can accommodate at least two rear-seated passengers, making them attractive to families with children. However, the safety of these rear seats for children has not been determined. This Issue Brief summarizes a new study that examines and quantifies the risk of injury to children riding in compact pickup trucks. Based on these findings, parents should be advised against using these vehicles as family transportation.

Alternate JournalLDI Issue Brief
PubMed ID12528740