A Study on the Use and Misuse of Child Restraint System (CRS) in Malaysia

N. F. Paiman, B. Md. Deros, A. Hamzah, D. W. Kak, M. S. Solah and Y. Ahmad

Abstract: In car crashes, children are more likely to suffer more severe injuries than adults. For prevention, Child Restraint System (CRS) is normally used. However, inappropriate use of CRS may exacerbate injury risks. This research aims to determine the prevalence of CRS use and misuse among car owners, especially those travelling with children aged 11 years and below. A total of 178 parents were interviewed and 267 children were observed. Overall, only 12.7% children were properly restrained in CRS for their size, with the correct installation and appropriate seating position. Prior to CRS law implementation, initiatives such as awareness campaigns, community based programs and CRS clinics should be introduced.

Keywords:Child restraint system, child safety seat, child safety, child occupant, passenger car

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