Bicycle-Mounted Child Seats: Injury Risk and Prevention

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

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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
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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