Child passenger safety practices and injury risk in crashes with father versus mother drivers

This study examines differences in child passenger safety practices between father and mother drivers. The authors evaluate restraint patterns and front-row seating and consider differences in child injury risk. Using insurance claim and telephone survey data from January 2003 to November 2007, crashes involving a total of 10,715 child passengers are evaluated. Findings showed that father drivers traveling with no other adults are more likely than mother drivers to transport children <9 years old with no or with suboptimal restraint, and are more likely than mothers to seat children <13 years old in the front row. No significant difference in crash-injury risk is found between fathers and mother, either with or without other adults present. The authors suggest that campaigns targeting both fathers and mothers may improve child passenger safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01538491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 3:36PM