CTS, AAA Foundation work to improve child safety

Posted on September 19, 2014

carseats_2296_1A study conducted by researchers with the Center of Transportation Safety (CTS) could lead to an improved child restraint system for the nation’s passenger vehicles. The study, conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, examined the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system.

Required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 2003, LATCH is the system that includes restraint components for both vehicles and child safety seats. The use of the LATCH system was designed to increase child passenger safety; however, user error continues because of the wide range of vehicle and child safety seat designs.

“Our team was asked to analyze the ease-of-use concerns and explore ways that user error could be reduced,” Senior Research Scientist Katie Womack says. Womack is the manager of the CTS Behavioral Research Program.

CTS conducted a literature review, a human factors analysis and an expert panel workshop to identify the proper use, misuse and ease-of-use issues associated with the LATCH system.

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