WARNING: IN CARS, PARENTS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO THEIR CHILDREN'S HEALTH. THE HAZARDS OF ON-LAP TRAVEL

In car crashes, children traveling on laps cannot be adequately restrained, and moreover are susceptible to serious injuries caused by their being crushed by the persons holding them. Case studies illustrate ways in which this happens and types of injuries that result. Survey data are presented indicating that on-lap travel is very common, especially involving infants. Difficults encountered in attempts to reduce this practice by legislation and educational programs are described. It is suggested that pediatricians and other physicians have an important role to play in discouraging on-lap travel and in encouraging other techniques which reduce crash injureis to children. /Author/

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM