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Booster seats: a community based study of installation and use by parents and caregivers.

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Division of Emergency Medical Services, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego, California, USA.


This paper describes characteristics of child safety seat misuse among attendees at 41 inspections held between February 1999-April 2001 in San Diego County, CA. Standardized criteria were assessed by certified technicians. These 41 events consisted of 988 inspections for proper installation and adjustment. 963 had a determined seat type (rear-facing, forward facing, belt positioning boosters, shield boosters, other restraint, vehicle safety belts). Each seat type had specific criteria for misuse ranging from 3 to 15 measures. 95.6% had at least one error, which could reduce the seat's protection of its occupant from injury in a crash.

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