Childhood Ambition: There Are Many Challenges to Overcome to Achieve Optimal Safety for Children in Cars – Ranging from Many Parents’ Struggles to Fit Child Seats Correctly, to a Lack of Consensus on the Best Equipment to Use

This article first reminds readers that the primary problem with child car seats is achieving proper fit and attachment to the vehicle. The author reports that a recent survey found that nearly 40% of parents surveyed did not have correct or adequate knowledge about fitting the car seat to their vehicle. The article includes comments from Julie Dagnall of Child Seat Safety, which runs a training course on child seat safety. The article goes on to describe some high-tech approaches to helping parents better fit their children’s car seats, including the use of lights and auditory beep when the installation is completed correctly. Other topics covered include the lack of consensus in the industry about what types of car seats, labeling, and warnings might be appropriate; the need for standardization; built-in booster seats in Volvo vehicles; and the lack of accurate, real biofidelity data for children. One sidebar brings readers up-to-date on Euro NCAP’s proposed changes with regard to test dummies designed to represent older children in crash testing. Another sidebar describes a one-day continuous professional development (CPD) accredited Advanced Child Seat Training Course (United Kingdom).

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  • Accession Number: 01602551
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2016 7:20AM