A Comparison of Booster Seat Use in Canadian Provinces With and Without Legislation

As of 2006, only two Canadian provinces had legislation requiring booster seat use for children. This paper describes restraint use among Canadian children aged 4–8 years, and compares booster seat use between provinces/territories with and without legislation. Data was used from a roadside observation survey conducted at 182 sites across Canada. Weighted statistical analyses of differences in proportions were conducted, accounting for sampling stratification and clustering by car effects. Survey findings showed that 24.6% of children aged 4–8 were restrained in booster seats in provinces with legislation, compared with 16.6% in provinces without legislation. Although provinces with legislation had higher booster seat use, overall rates were still disappointingly low. This study represents the first Canadian research to evaluate the effectiveness of booster seat legislation on restraint use among children.

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  • Accession Number: 01142410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2009 6:19PM