Results and implications of a survey of child restraint use in South Australia

A survey has been conducted of child restraint use (infant capsules, child safety seats and booster seats) in motor vehicles in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Driver knowledge concerning child restraint use was also studied. A random sample of 31 pre-schools and primary schools was selected. Researchers visited sites on mornings in August 2004, and surveyed 357 drivers who were transporting children aged 0-10 years. Based on common age recommendations, 82 per cent of children were using an appropriate restraint, but based on the weight of the child (a better metric of correct restraint choice), we estimate that the rate of appropriate restraint selection was between 64 per cent and 72 per cent. The rate of inappropriate restraint selection was due largely to children progressing prematurely to an adult seat belt. Children were rarely unrestrained. We conclude that guidelines on child restraint selection need to be clarified. Higher rates of appropriate restraint use may be achieved by carefully reconsidering the weight ranges for each kind of restraint, specified in the Australian and New Zealand Standard, so that age may be successfully used to guide restraint choice. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E215375.

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    • EDWARDS, S E
  • Publication Date: 2006-10


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  • Accession Number: 01060831
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0734525516
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 1:14PM