Latest Westat Research to Improve Child Passenger Safety

Using appropriate car seats or booster seats and correctly buckling up children helps save children’s lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes these activities can reduce injuries by up to 80%. Westat continues its research efforts to improve child passenger safety. The following is a selection of our latest initiatives.

Reports:

Amy Benedick, Doreen De Leonardis, Elizabeth Petraglia, and James Green. (2020, July). Evaluation of correct child restraint system installation (Report No. DOT HS 812 976). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sharon Levi, Hyunshik Lee, Weijia Ren, Adele Polson, and Shawn McCloskey. (Forthcoming). Awareness and availability of child passenger safety information resources (Report No. DOT HS 813 035). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Journal article:

Sharon Levi, Hyunshik Lee, Weijia Ren, Shawn McCloskey, and Adele Polson. (2020.) Reducing child restraint misuse: National survey of awareness and use of inspection stations, Traffic Injury Prevention, 21(7), 453-458. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2020.1782896.

Dashboard:

National Digital Car Seat Check Form (NDCF): National Dashboard

Westat will be providing monthly updates to the dashboard and putting critical data into the hands of car seat technicians around the United States.

Conference:

Sharon Levi, Adele Polson, Hyunshik Lee, Weijia Ren, and Shawn McCloskey. (Presentation and Paper) Reducing child restraint misuse: Methods and key findings of a national survey of awareness and use of inspection stations. International Conference Protection of Children in Cars, December 2-4, 2020.

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