Seating position and patterns of severely injured body parts among child passengers in motor vehicle crashes: Japan as a distinct case

This study describes injury patterns and outcomes related to the seating position of child passengers involved in motor vehicle crashes in Japan. Using data obtained from a national trauma registry database, the authors compared the occurrence of injuries by body parts, length of hospital stay and in-hospital deaths between front-seating and rear-seating among children. The authors analysed 166 children aged 0–5 years and 205 children aged 6–12 years. No significant differences were observed between front- and rear-seating for injured body parts, length of hospital stay or in-hospital deaths in the 0–5-year-old victims. Among those aged 6–12 years, rear-seating was associated with a higher incidence of head and chest injuries but the length of stay or in-hospital deaths did not differ. These findings contrast those of previous studies, which found that rear-seating reduces injury risk, possibly attributed to low age-appropriate restraint use among school-aged children in Japan.

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  • Authors:
    • Takahashi, Hiroki
    • Fujita, Takashi
    • Nakahara, Shinji
    • Sakamoto, Tetsuya
  • Publication Date: 2018-10


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  • Accession Number: 01689672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2018 3:01PM