The association between hands-on instruction and proper child safety seat installation

Wendy G. Lane, Gilbert C. Liu, Elizabeth Newlin

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Objective. To determine if hands-on instruction in child safety seat (CSS) installation decreases the number of errors in installation. Design. Cross-sectional study. Setting. Primary care offices, emergency department, CSS checkpoint. Participants. Parents of children <2 years old receiving medical care or attending a CSS check. Main Outcome Measure. Errors in CSS use. Results. Only 6.4% of parents had a correctly installed CSS. Hands-on instruction was associated with fewer errors in seat installation. Increased parent age, completion of college, and having private insurance were also associated with fewer errors in CSS placement. The majority of parents learned to install seats from reading the manual, from friends and relatives, and from figuring it out on their own. Conclusions. Errors in CSS installation are a significant problem. Hands-on instruction decreases the numbers of errors in CSS installation. However, few parents receive hands-on instruction from experts in CSS installation. Increases in correct CSS use could result from hands-on education by trained professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-929
Number of pages6
Issue number4 II SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 24 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Lane, W. G., Liu, G. C., & Newlin, E. (2000). The association between hands-on instruction and proper child safety seat installation. Pediatrics, 106(4 II SUPPL.), 924-929.