n South African Medical Journal - Restraint use for child passengers in South Africa : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in children of all ages worldwide, and responsible for 32% of all childhood injury deaths. When used correctly, restraint devices such as seat belts and child restraint systems significantly decrease mortality and serious injuries in children. Many studies have been done on the use of seatbelts and car safety seats in America, Asia and Europe; however, none exist for African countries.

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