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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
1998

Motor Vehicle Injury – Child Safety Seats: Laws Mandating Use

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends child safety seat laws based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in increasing child safety seat use. Child safety seat laws require children riding in motor vehicles to be restrained in federally approved infant or child safety seats. Requirements vary by state based on a child’s age, weight, height, or a combination of these factors. Enforcement guidelines and penalties also vary, but all such laws allow drivers to be stopped for failing to place children in safety seats as required under the law.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Injury and Violence Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
The Community Guide [Internet]. Motor Vehicle Injury – Child Safety Seats: Laws Mandating Use. c1998– [cited 2017 Feb 13]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/motor-vehicle-injury-child-safety-seats-laws-mandating-use