Journal article

Population-level estimates of child restraint practices among children aged 0-12 years in NSW, Australia

Julie Brown, Julie Hatfield, Wei Du, Caroline F Finch, Lynne E Bilston

Accident Analysis & Prevention | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2010


This cross-sectional study provides population-referenced data on the restraints used and the extent of incorrect restraint use, among child vehicle passengers aged 0-12 years in NSW, Australia. A multistage stratified cluster sampling plan was used to randomly select vehicles from baby/child health clinics, pre-schools/day care centres, and primary schools across NSW to undergo detailed inspection of restraints used by child occupants within those vehicles. Overall, there were very high restraint usage rates (>99% of sampled children) but fewer than one quarter of children were using the correct size-appropriate restraints. Incorrect use (51.4%) was as common as inappropriate use (51.2%). I..

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