Child Restraint System Misuse Nationally and in Full-vehicle Crash Tests (Multiple Year Project)

Principal Investigator: Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The goals of this study are to elucidate and reduce child restraint system (CRS) misuse through field observation of consumer practices, experimental studies, and dissemination of findings. The study will build on methods and data from previous projects to analyze patterns of child seat use and misuse, further characterize behavior in modern child restraint systems, and overcome limitations from previous studies; as well as elucidate the performance of properly used and misused CRS in full-scale vehicle crashes, adding valuable data to previously published studies using sled tests.

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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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