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J Safety Res. 2010 Apr;41(2):183-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2010.03.001. Epub 2010 Apr 7.

Restraint use and seating position among children less than 13 years of age: Is it still a problem?

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Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop F-62, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. agreenspan@cdc.gov

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The purpose of this study was to calculate national estimates and examine the extent to which children prematurely use adult seat belts and ride in the front seat of a vehicle during a 30 day period.

METHODS:

Data were obtained from a nationally representative cross-sectional random-digit-dial telephone survey that included child-specific questions on motor vehicle restraint use and seating position.

RESULTS:

Among children less than 13 years, parents reported an estimated 618,337 who rode unrestrained and more than one million who rode in the front seat of a vehicle at least some of the time in the past 30 days. During the same time period, close to 11 million children 8 years and younger reportedly used only adult seat belts.

DISCUSSION:

Our results highlight the need for continued outreach to parents regarding optimal restraint use and rear seating position for children every trip, every time.

PMID:
20497804
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsr.2010.03.001
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