The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention released a revised Policy Statement and Technical Report on child passenger safety in 2011; (1)(2) however, confusion and lack of knowledge about the recommendations persist among some clinicians and parents.

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In the United States, motor vehicle–related crashes are the leading cause of death for children and teens, starting at 3 years and older. (3) Despite significant reductions in crash rates since the mid-1970s, motor vehicle crashes continue to take a substantial toll on society in terms of crash-related mortality and morbidity, as well as associated medical and indirect costs. (4) Properly used child safety seats (CSSs) have been reported to be highly efficacious in the reduction of motor vehicle crash–related injuries among children. It is estimated that using a forward-facing CSS...

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