How Do Novel Seat Positions Impact Usability of Child Restraints?

Principal Investigator: Patrice Tremoulet, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Autonomous driving technology offers manufacturers the opportunity to design vehicles with different interiors than traditional automobiles. It is important to consider the safety implications when contemplating different interior design possibilities, particularly for families with young children who will need to use child restraint systems. This study explores how having seats in non-traditional orientations within a vehicle may impact parents’ abilities to install, secure children in, and remove different types of child restraint systems, and how different seating orientations will impact comfort of different family members when children are restrained in different seat positions.

 

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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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