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Child Passenger Safety Practices in the U.S.

A recent article in American Journal of Preventive Medicine examines how kids are riding on our nation’s roadways. The study’s primary objective was to analyze three years of NSUBS data to evaluate for racial/ethnic disparities in the types of child safety seats in use across childhood.  The secondary objective was to identify child, driver, and vehicle characteristics associated with child passengers being unrestrained and sitting in the front seat.
RESTRAINT USE: It is not surprising that this publication found a decline in child safety seat use and an increase in being unrestrained were observed with increasing child age.
DRIVER BUCKLED: Our work on making sure everyone rides buckled up is essential. Children with an unrestrained driver had a 23 times more likely to be unrestrained.
FRONT SEAT: The message of kids in the back seat is being heard with fewer than 5 percent of children younger than 4 years observed as front seat [ ... ]

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