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Keeping our children safe in motor vehicles: knowledge, attitudes and practice among parents in Kuwait regarding child car safety.

Authors
  • Raman, Sudha R
  • Landry, Michel D
  • Ottensmeyer, C Andrea
  • Jacob, Susan
  • Hamdan, Elham
  • Bouhaimed, Manal
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of injury control and safety promotion
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
20
Issue
4
Pages
358–367
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2012.745578
PMID: 23230995
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Child safety restraints can reduce risk of death and decrease injury severity from road traffic crashes; however, knowledge about restraints and their use in Kuwait is limited. A cross-sectional, self-administered survey about child car safety was used among a convenience sample of parents of children aged 18 years or younger at five Kuwaiti university campuses. Of 552 respondents, over 44% have seated a child in the front seat and 41.5% have seated a child in their lap while driving. Few parents are aware of and fewer report using the appropriate child restraint; e.g., 36% of parents of infants recognised an infant seat and 26% reported using one. Over 70% reported wearing seat belts either "all of the time" (33%) or "most of the time" (41%). This new information about parents' knowledge and practice regarding child car seat use in Kuwait can inform interventions to prevent child occupant injury and death.

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