This short article reviews the different types of child restraint systems available in UK and USA and also discusses general attitudes towards child safety in cars. In the USA it has been claimed that the use of proper restraints for children under 5 would save the lives of 91% of children killed in car accidents and reduce injuries by 78%. The corresponding figures for older children are given. Preventive counselling of pregnant women in infant safety travel has been suggested as an important role for the paediatrician in the USA. Further statistics are quoted from Australia. The author points out that the importance attached to child pedestrian casualties has tended to overshadow the risks to children of travelling as passengers in cars. The protection of children travelling in cars has been studied by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory and the author feels the results need to be more generally known. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1977-1-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 2-3
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6052
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153927
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM