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Offline CareDC

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Car safety seats save lives of babies, toddlers: study
« on: January 21, 2009, 02:33:30 PM »
Car safety seats are effective at reducing the odds that toddlers will die in a vehicle collision, new research in the U.S. suggests.

Researchers in California said the odds of infants and children younger than 12 months dying in a collision dropped by nearly three-quarters if they were placed in a safety seat, compared with no restraint.

The safety seats also reduced the mortality risk for toddlers, the study's authors wrote in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health

Car seats vs. seat belts
In the study, Thomas Rice, a research epidemiologist at the Traffic Safety Center in the department of environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleague analyzed data on children who died in motor vehicle collisions between 1996 and 2005.

More than 6,000 collisions with complete data were compared with a closely matched group of vehicles involved in nonfatal collisions.

The results were:

The odds of a baby under one year of age dying in a car accident dropped by 73 per cent if the infant was riding in a baby car seat.

For children between one and two, the odds of dying in a collision went down by 76 per cent if they were properly restrained.

For 2- to 3-year-olds, the odds of a fatality in a car crash fell by about 60 per cent if the toddler was in a car seat.

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Re: Car safety seats save lives of babies, toddlers: study
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 04:29:51 PM »
As car seats and boaster seats have been a law both in Canada and US for some years now.  All hospitals now require you to have a car seat before they allow you to leave the hospital. 

Are adults not buckling their children into their seats properly?


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