To evaluate the California Child Passenger Restraint Law requiring children under four years of age to be transported in car seats, we examined monthly injury and fatality levels from January 1978 to December 1983 for children 0-3 and 4-7 years of age using Box-Jenkins time series models. A significant 8.36 percent reduction in injuries was found for the 0-3 year old age group, but no significant reduction in injuries was found for 4-7 year olds. No significant reduction in fatalities was found for either age group. A similar analysis of injuries and fatalities in Texas, a state without a car seat law, showed no significant reductions in either injuries or fatalities. There was no change in the number of California 0-3 year olds in the years after the law was enacted.

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    American Public Health Association

    800 I Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001-3710
  • Authors:
    • Guerin, D
    • MacKinnon, D P
  • Publication Date: 1985-2

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  • Accession Number: 00399366
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 321
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM