THE EFFECT OF A TODDLER/CHILD RESTRAINT DEVICE RENTAL PROGRAM ON OBSERVED CORRECT USE

A toddler child restraint device (CRD) education and rental program was established to increase not merely use, but correct use of toddler CRDs among families previously exposed to a post-partum maternity CRD education program. Evaluation of the program's effectiveness was based upon observations of CRD use rather than parental reports. Sampling took place before and after a mandatory child restraint law went into force. Thus, insight was also gained into the effect of legislation on CRD use. A total of 53.0% of the toddler program subjects were correctly restrained at the time of the pre-law sampling, as opposed to 19.4% of the subjects not availing themselves of the program. Post-law, a total of 42.1% of the toddler program subjects were correctly restrained as opposed to 19.7% of the subjects not exposed to the program. It is concluded that a toddler rental and education program is an effective way to increase correct use among toddlers when it is preceded by a post-partum maternity education program. It was further concluded that legislation did not increase correct use of CRD's among toddlers whose parents had been exposed to the program although it increased the overall number of CRD's in use. (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6, 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • Hletko, P J
    • Hletko, J
    • Shelness, A
    • Nyberg, J
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 115-126
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, USA, OCTOBER 3-6, 1983. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE MEDICINE

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389433
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM