|Title||Buckle up! Is not enough: enhancing protection of the restrained child.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Winston FK, Durbin D|
|Date Published||1999 Jun 9|
|Keywords||Accidents, Traffic, Automobiles, Child, Child, Preschool, Equipment Failure, Humans, Infant, Protective Devices, Safety, Seat Belts, United States, Wounds and Injuries|
Pediatricians can help parents use child safety seats properly. In 1997, 2,038 children younger than 16 years died as occupants in car crashes and 318,000 were injured. More than one-third of those killed were using a seat belt or child safety seat. Many parents do not use child safety seats properly. They may also "graduate" children too soon and expect them to use an adult-size seat belt. However, young children can slip through a standard seat belt during an accident. Children should use a child safety seat until they are at least 4 years old and should then be placed in booster seats.