Saturday, December 01, 2007

Child safety seats more effective than shoulder belts.

Although common practice, and for many of us common sense, the use of child safety seats had been recently called into question for children 2 to 6 years of age. A recent article in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine reviewed this topic. They found (big surprise) that safety seats do indeed save lives.
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Studies have shown that safety seats are more
effective than lap-shoulder seat belts in reducing the risk of injuries and
death in children. However, one study by researchers at the National Bureau of
Economic Research found that lap-shoulder seat belts were as protective as
child safety seats in children two to six years of age, and that they were
significantly less expensive.
Data were collected from the Crashworthiness Data
System of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from January 1,
1998, to December 31, 2004.
A total of 463 children were included in the
analysis, with 409 children being restrained by child safety seat and 54 by
lap-shoulder seat belts.
Unadjusted injury
probability for children in severe crashes was 46 percent lower in the safety
seat group compared with the lap-shoulder seat belt group.
Child safety seats appear to be more effective
than lap-shoulder seat belts in reducing the risk of nonfatal injuries in
chil-dren two to three years of age.
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1 comment:

Mariel said...

Great work.