Quantifying Children’s Posture in the Rear Seat: A Naturalistic Study (Multiple Year Project)

Principal Investigator: Kristy Arbogast, PhD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This project initiates a fundamental shift in the principles of protecting occupants in motor vehicle crashes by developing novel data collection and analysis methods to define how child passengers actually position (and reposition) themselves during motor vehicle trips. Researchers will use these innovative methods to observe and quantify the naturalistic positions of child occupants in cars and identify the injury effects of out-of-position status. The long-term goal of this multi-year study is to improve test conditions and optimize restraint systems to mitigate injury to child occupants in real world crash scenarios. 

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This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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