Parents' Knowledge About and Use of Child Safety Systems

This article reports on a study that used a survey design to examine parental knowledge and perceptions of the use of safety systems for children in two communities in the province of Ontario. A total of 1,263 parents reported on the use of safety systems with 2,199 children. Data analysis showed that only 68% of children were placed in correct seats for their weight. As the child advanced in age, the rate of misuse increased significantly, due to high rates of premature transitioning into safety seats inappropriate for the child's height and weight. Parents demonstrated limited knowledge concerning the correct use of safety seats and frequently used non-professional sources of information for vehicle safety information. The authors conclude by recommending that nurses develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to ensure that families understand how to secure children in vehicles using the correct safety seat for the child's height, weight, and age.

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  • Authors:
    • Snowdon, Anne W
    • Polgar, Jan
    • Patrick, Linda
    • Stamler, Lynnette
  • Publication Date: 2006-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 98-114
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  • Accession Number: 01052111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2007 7:31AM