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Child occupant protection: a summary of current safety recommendations.

TitleChild occupant protection: a summary of current safety recommendations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsArbogast KB, Moll EK, Morris SD, Winston FK
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Date Published07/2001
KeywordsAccidents, Age groups, Child Restraint Systems, Children, Crash injuries, Infants, Parents, Prevention, Safety education

In 1998, 140 children younger than 1 year of age were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and nearly half of those children killed were restrained. Used correctly, child safety seats dramatically reduce a child's risk of death in a motor vehicle crash, but unfortunately, incorrect use of child seats is widespread. Obstetricians and gynecologists have a unique opportunity to counsel parents on the correct restraint for their infants and to provide recommendations for the proper restraint of older children as well. The recommendations for child occupant protection are updated with new information constantly. This article will provide an overview of the current recommendations for restraining children in motor vehicles and identify sources for up-to-date information for physicians and families.

Alternate JournalPrim. Care Update Ob Gyns
PubMed ID11435121