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D13b: Review of misuse of CRS (report-VSRC)

In addition to the original deliverables of the CHILD project a further activity was undertaken relating to the misuse of child restraints. From the work carried out under Task 1.2, it was established that the misuse and inappropriate use of child restraints systems is widespread but relatively little is known about the effects of that misuse on the way the child restraint behaves in a crash.

This output from the additional activity is a review of the prevalence of misuse and inappropriate use and recommendations for testing to evaluate the effects of misuse on child restraint performance in order to better understand the effects of misuse on the performance of CRS.

The objectives of this activity were to:
- Review all studies undertaken in Task 1.2 of the CHILD project, which considered misuse/inappropriate use of CRS, in order to establish types and rates of misuse and inappropriate use for each category of CRS.
- Review studies of injury risks or causation in relation to misuse/inappropriate use of CRS.
- Identify all cases within the CHILD database where there is evidence of misuse/inappropriate use of CRS and identify injury mechanisms in relation to CRS.
- Identify cases within the CHILD database where misuse/inappropriate use was not identified but the crash circumstances were such that they could be easily replicated within tests where misuse/inappropriate use could be introduced.
- Make recommendations for a testing schedule to investigate injury risks relating to misuse/inappropriate use.

This review and the results from the misuse- testing programme begin to provide an understanding of the effects of misuse on the performance of CRS in use. Further research will increase the understanding of the effects of misuse, in order that these effects can be minimised or eliminated by design, education and awareness.

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