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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Raman, SR; Landry, MD; Ottensmeyer, CA; Jacob, S; Hamdan, E; Bouhaimed, M

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 358 - 367

PubMed ID

  • 23230995

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-7319

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/17457300.2012.745578


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England