The effect of seating location on the injury of properly restrained children in child safety seats

  • Published: Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 37, Issue 3, Pages 435–439, May 2005
  • Authors: Ulric J. Lund
  • Date Added: 09 Apr 2012
  • Last Update: 23 Jul 2013
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Objectives:

To assess the effect of seating position on the risk of injury, and whether whether the center rear seat is a safer seating position than either of the outboard rear seats.

Methodology:

Analysis, using a multiple logistic regression model, of children seated in a child safety seat in a rear seat location using data from the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS), General Estimates System (GES)

Key Findings:

  • The center rear seat is not a safer seating position than either of the outboard rear seats in terms of odds of injury.

  • These results do not agree with those of previous studies that suggested the center rear seat is the safest position for parents to place a child safety seat.

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