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PCPS Study

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in partnership with State Farm Insurance Companies conducted a study called the Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) from 1998 through 2007. Crashes involving children in 15 states and the District of Columbia were identified through State Farm Insurance claims, and data on the crashes were collected using a validated telephone survey and selected in-depth crash investigations.

The survey identified clinically significant injuries, which generally correspond to those AIS2+ and higher such as broken bones and organ injuries. The complete dataset includes 34,732 crash-involved children under age 16 who were in 21,943 crashes. Using statistical techniques to develop weighting factors to represent crashes in the US population,these children’s outcomes can be analyzed to represent 531,193 children in 346,485 crashes. This dataset provides valuable information for evaluating actual performance of child restraint models available up to 2007 in real crashes, and a significant portion of the recent data included in this review comes from this study.

Reports from PCPS study