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Pediatr Int. 2013 Dec;55(6):798-800. doi: 10.1111/ped.12196.

Social prejudice hindering proper use of car safety seats.

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  • 1Division of Neonatology, Fatih University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

The compliance of parents with child passenger safety (CPS) has been mainly explained by their level of knowledge. Social, ethnic and cultural factors have not been investigated in detail. This study investigated the rate of compliance of parents with CPS guidelines, as well as the factors hindering it. Parents of infants aged 2-10 days were enrolled. The proportions of families obtaining a car safety seat (CSS; 57%) and complying with CPS recommendations (2%) were very low. Most of the parents thought CSS were harmful for infants (mother, 57%; father, 63%), despite having already purchased one. Parents believed their children to be too small to use CSS and cannot sit in CSS because they should lie flat on their backs at all times. These prejudices may be due to the social and cultural circumstances specific to Turkey, or corresponding findings may be found in countries with similar socioeconomic status.

© 2013 The Authors. Pediatrics International © 2013 Japan Pediatric Society.

KEYWORDS:

air bags; child restraint system; infant; knowledge; perception; safety management

PMID:
24330293
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