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An exploratory study of barriers to child restraint use in New Zealand

Mora, K, Rive, G, Thomas, J

Child Restraints


Despite overall high levels of use and increases in recent years, around seven percent of children in New Zealand still travel without a child restraint, with an average of three deaths per year. A large body of research has examined reasons for non-use, in particular the influence of economic factors on restraint use, however, this research is generally inconclusive. This project uses naturalistic observation and survey methods to determine which factors are seen as barriers to restraint use for New Zealand parents, including those that ultimately prevent some from correctly restraining their children. The pilot study observed and surveyed 94 participants on their use of, and attitudes towards child restraints including their knowledge of legal requirements and use of rental schemes and second hand restraints.