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Citation

Kostaridou S, Anastasea-Vlachou K, Sotiropoulou F, Panagopoulou G, Panagopoulou M, Papathanasiou-Klontza D, Xipolita-Zachariadi A. Acta Paediatr. 1997; 86(2): 192-195.

Affiliation

First Department of Paediatrics, Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital, University of Athens, Greece.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1997, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

9055892

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate children's car safety seat usage in a non-random study population of the Capital and surrounding area of Attica and a provincial region in Greece. One or both of the parents of 1556 children (aged 0-4 years) were interviewed. A questionnaire covering car safety seat usage by area of residence, age of parents, educational background, socioeconomic status and the number of siblings was completed. Optimal car safety seat restraint usage in the Attica region was 10.4% for infants 0-6 months old, 37.6% for infants 7-12 months old, 40.9% for children aged 1-2 years and 12% for children aged 3-4 years; the use of restraint systems in the provincial area was even lower at 4.9%, 15.2%, 24% and 6.6%, respectively. The mother's age, number of children and the socioeconomic status of the family seemed to influence the purchase and usage of the car safety seat. Such a high percentage of non-usage of car safety restraint seats has led to the Paediatric Society's initiative to create informative general public educational programmes and to urge governmental legislation regarding mandatory usage of children's car safety seats.

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