Child safety in cars: an international collaboration

  • Charlton, Judith (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Koppel, Sjaanie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rudin-Brown, Christina (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Arbogast, Kristy (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Bohman, Katarina (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Eby, David (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Jakobsson, Lotta (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Svensson, Mats (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of child death in Australia with substantial societal costs. While child restraints (CRS) offer good protection, this is critically dependent on correct use. Unlike crash test dummies, child passengers rarely sit still in their CRS. The proposed international study will use innovative naturalistic driving methods to observe and quantify the positions of child occupants in cars, identify the injury effects of out-of-position status and its impact on driver distraction. Outcomes will be used to optimise vehicle and CRS design and develop targeted safety education strategies to mitigate injury to children in car crashes.
Effective start/end date1/07/1118/06/15


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$360,400.00
  • Britax Childcare Pty Ltd: A$20,001.00
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Autoliv Inc
  • Pro Quip International: A$15,000.00
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC) (trading as Transport Accident Commission Compensation Payments) (Victoria): A$30,000.00
  • General Motors Co (United States of America)
  • University of Michigan
  • Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd: A$30,000.00
  • Roads Corporation (trading as VicRoads) (Victoria) : A$45,000.00
  • Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers University of Technology)