Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Patterns of inappropriate restraint for children in crashes.

TitlePatterns of inappropriate restraint for children in crashes.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWinston FK, Durbin D, Bhatia E, Werner JV, Sorenson W
Series TitleChild Occupant Protection in Motor Vehicle Crashes: Joint Session Organized by the European Vehicle Passive Safety Network, AAAM, and IRCOBI
Number of Pages56-59
PublisherProfessional Engineering Publishing Limited
CityLondon, England
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 crahses. 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.