Interventions to Increase Children's Booster Seat Use: A Review

Instead of riding in recommended booster seats, many children aged 4 to 8 years travel unrestrained or are placed prematurely in adult seat belts. This article reviews interventions that can be used to increase children's booster seat use. The authors note that, in this age children, booster seats are estimated to reduce by 59% the odds of sustaining clinically significant injuries during a motor vehicle crash (compared to using ordinary vehicle seat belts). This study used the Cochrane methodology to assess the effects of interventions to increase booster seat use for children aged 4 to 8 years. The reviewers searched online databases, scanned reference lists, hand-searched journals, and contacted relevant agencies and researchers for both randomized controlled trials and controlled before-and-after evaluation studies (up to 2005, not restricted by publication status or language). The authors identified 1350 potential studies; of these, five studies involving 3070 individuals met the inclusion criteria. Education paired with incentive or distribution programs produced more consistent results than education-only interventions that targeted parents, children, or both. The authors conclude that incentives or the distribution of free booster seats combined with education increase the use of booster seats.

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    • Ehiri, John E
    • Ejere, Henry OD
    • Hazen, Alyson E
    • Emusu, Donath
    • King, William D
    • Osberg, Scott J
  • Publication Date: 2006-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01042676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2007 7:20AM