Bicycle-Mounted Child Seats: Injury Risk and Prevention

James D. Sargent, Magda G. Peck, Michael Weitzman

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Abstract

Little Information is available about bicycle-mounted child seats despite their general use for a decade. We analyzed two existing data sets to gain Information about frequency, trend, and characteristics of bicycle-mounted child seat injuries to children 5 years old and younger. Available data suggest an increased frequency of these injuries, with the rate of passenger injuries rising from 17% to 28% of all reported bicycle-related injuries to children in this age group In California during the years 1977 to 1986. In a detailed sample of 52 injuries related to the use of bicycle-mounted child seats, 42% occurred when the bicycle crashed or tipped over and 25% occurred when the child fell out of the seat. Sixty-five percent involved the head and face, and 27% of the head Injuries were serious. Substantial morbidity associated with these injuries could be ameliorated if children using these seats wore appropriate bicycle helmets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-767
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume142
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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Bicycle-Mounted Child Seats : Injury Risk and Prevention. / Sargent, James D.; Peck, Magda G.; Weitzman, Michael.

In: American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 142, No. 7, 01.01.1988, p. 765-767.

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Sargent, James D. ; Peck, Magda G. ; Weitzman, Michael. / Bicycle-Mounted Child Seats : Injury Risk and Prevention. In: American Journal of Diseases of Children. 1988 ; Vol. 142, No. 7. pp. 765-767.
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