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Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention: Use of Child Safety Seats

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The reviewed interventions aim to increase the use of child safety seats among children ages 0-4 years. Approaches include legislation, education, and seat distribution programs.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review. These reviews were led by scientists in the Community Guide and CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Laws Mandating Use Recommended
June 1998
Community-Wide Information and Enhanced Enforcement Campaigns Recommended
June 1998
Distribution and Education Programs Recommended
June 1998
Incentive and Education Programs Recommended
June 1998
Education Programs When Used Alone Insufficient Evidence
June 1998

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Slides and Presentations

Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention Adobe PDF File [PDF -320 kB] Developed by The Community Guide

Public Health Grand Rounds: The Science Base for Prevention of Injury and Violence External Web Site Icon
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What Works – Fact Sheets

What Works: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention – brochure and insert Adobe PDF File [PDF - Size 921 kB]


The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Motor vehicle-related injury prevention: use of child safety seats. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.