Crash protection for child passengers rationale for best practice / by Kathleen D. Klinich, Miriam A. Manary, and Kathleen B. Weber.
Authors: Kathleen D. Klinich, Miriam A. Manary, and Kathleen B. Weber.
Child restraint systems provide specialized protection for pediatric motor vehicle occupants whose body structures are still immature and growing. There are many occupant protection systems available and the different types of restraints are appropriately matched to children based primarily on their ages and sizes. Even with the most appropriate child restraint, the way in which it is installed and used can affect its performance. This review describes the basic principles behind the design of occupant restraint systems and applies them to the needs of children. It also includes a brief overview of child restraint testing procedures and their limitations. Each section describes research and insight behind current best practice concepts, primarily from the US perspective.