Parental Knowledge on Car Safety for Children: An Israeli Survey

This article reports on a study undertaken to assess the level of parental car safety knowledge and actual behavior regarding their children under the age of 15 years. The study included 705 Jewish families with at least one child at home younger than 15 years (n = 1,345 children) as a randomized sample of the Jewish population. A telephone survey was conducted by professional interviewers using a questionnaire that included seven knowledge questions and a diagram that described the usual seating positions and restraining method of the family members in the family car. In the section on knowledge about injury prevention, the rate of incorrect answers was high: 64% incorrect regarding the proper car seats for age and 84% incorrect regarding the age for booster seats. Sixty five percent of parents did not know what a booster seat was and 54% did not know that the proper place for children was in the back seat. Concerning care safety behavior, 60% percent of babies and 38% of toddlers were not restrained properly. The authors found that children in the greatest risk are from families of low socioeconomic status, as poor knowledge about car safety and inappropriate behavior are related to poverty and parental level of education. The authors conclude that educating parents about car safety should focus on the recommended positioning of children in the car, on the appropriate facing of the child, and the age-appropriate restraining device, with age 4 years as the right time to change from baby seat to a booster seat. The authors briefly discuss policy and legislation changes, as well as educational strategies, that could be used to improve the level of parental knowledge regarding restraining children in cars.

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  • Authors:
    • Hemmo-Lotem, Michal
    • Urkin, Jacob
    • Endy-Findling, Liri
    • Merrick, Joav
  • Publication Date: 2006-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 30-34
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  • Accession Number: 01045293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2007 10:17AM