Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Patterns of Inappropriate Restraint for Children in Crashes

TitlePatterns of Inappropriate Restraint for Children in Crashes
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1999
AuthorsWinston FK, Durbin D, Bhatia E, Werner JV, Sorenson W
Conference NameChild Occupant Protection in Motor Vehicle Crashes
Date Published09/1999
PublisherProfessional Engineering Publications Ltd.
Conference LocationBarcelona, Spain
ISBN Number1-86058-240-0
KeywordsAccidents, Age, Children, Height, Infants, Injuries, Manual safety belts, Passive restraint systems, Weight

Partners for Child Passenger Safety is a new crash injury surveillance system devoted exclusively to children. Data regarding children in newer vehicle crashes reported to State Farm Insurance Companies are transferred to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) daily. Between June and November, 1998, CHOP received 18,101 claims involving 26,773 children and conducted telephone interviews on a sample of 1879 crashes. Overall restraint usage was high. However, many children were inappropriately restrained in seat belts and a third of children were front-seated. It is imperative to continue to focus educational, legislative, and engineering interventions to prevent these risk behaviors.