Are parents following the recommendations for keeping children younger than 2 years rear facing during motor vehicle travel?

An observational, cross-sectional study was used to assess adherence to recommendations that infants and toddlers under 2 years old ride rear-facing in motor vehicle car seats. Observations were conducted in the state of Indiana between 2007 and 2012 by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The findings revealed that 85% of infants (birth through 11 months) rode rear-facing in 2007, increasing to 11.6% in 2012. 3.3% of toddlers (12 months to 23 months) rode rear-facing in 2008, increasing approximately 15% to 18.2% in 2012. The authors suggest that primary care providers should offer counseling that focuses on parent/caregiver awareness of current child passenger safety recommendations.


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  • Accession Number: 01538475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 3:36PM