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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.



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.


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.


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.


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

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