Interventions to Increase Booster Seat Use for Children Aged 4-8 Years: A Cochrane Systematic Review

This project will produce a critical summary of the evidence on effects of interventions aimed at increasing the use of booster seats for 4-8 year-old children who travel in motor vehicles. Children in this age group die more in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of injury. As they outgrow safety seats designed for younger children, many 4 to 8 year-olds travel unrestrained in cars, or are placed prematurely in adult seat belts instead of booster seats. Increasing the use of booster seats for children aged 4-8 years has been recognized as a public health priority, necessitating the determination of what types of strategies are effective in increasing booster seat use. In this project, the researchers will identify published and unpublished reports that have evaluated interventions for increasing use of booster seats, and apply the Cochrane Review methodology to assess evidence of effectiveness. Examples of types of interventions include public education and enforcement interventions, incentive programs, booster seat giveaways, and legislation. The results will be used to make rational, evidence-based recommendations to guide policy and practice, justify use of scarce resources, train health professionals, and facilitate design of effective interventions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Final Report was published on February 14, 2006.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

    607 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  2005
  • Project Managers:

    Osberg, J

  • Performing Organizations:

    Department of Maternal and Child Health

    School of Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL  United States  35294-0022
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ehiri, John

  • Start Date: 20040501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20061015
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11295

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01458550
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:45PM