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Am J Public Health. 1997 Jun;87(6):1044-5.

Increasing car seat use for toddlers from inner-city families.

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  • 1Institute for the Study of Child Development, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick 08903, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this project was to increase toddler car seat use in low-income minority families.

METHODS:

Families from Newark, NJ, were divided into two study groups. Both groups were given car seats; one group also received education regarding car restraint use. Observations were made of car seat use before car seat distribution, immediately after distribution, 4 to 5 months later, and 1 year later.

RESULTS:

Car seat use increased markedly immediately after distribution and remained high 1 year later, regardless of education.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results indicate that distributing car seats results in long-term use among a currently low-use population.

PMID:
9224195
PMCID:
PMC1380949
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