Webinar: Children, Booster Seats, and Pre-Crash Evasive Maneuvers

Monday, January 28, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT

Vehicle maneuvers prior to a crash are thought to influence the ability of seat belts and child restraint systems to protect children and have previously been identified as a contributing factor to head injuries sustained by restrained children in the rear seat. These pre-crash maneuvers may place children in suboptimal postures which make restraint systems less effective in protecting children during a subsequent crash. This may lead to an increased risk of injury. Investigating the factors that influence the ability of the restraint systems to protect children in complex crash scenarios is essential to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes. Understanding the effects of vehicle maneuvers on child passenger safety is critical, especially considering the potential increase in the frequency of evasive maneuvers with the continued implementation of autonomous and advanced driver assistance systems.

This webinar will review the effects of pre-crash evasive maneuvers on the kinematics and belt engagement of children restrained on belt-positioning booster seats. We will discuss how initial posture influences belt fit and how these parameters influence child motion during maneuvers. We will also investigate seatbelt engagement of children during evasive steering and braking maneuvers. Finally, we will explore some future questions which need to be investigated to better understand how pre-crash evasive maneuvers may contribute to injury risk of children.

This webinar is available to AAAM Members (all member types) at no cost. There is a charge of $50 (USD) for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Gretchen Baker obtained her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. She was selected as a Whitaker International Fellow and spent a year at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden where she conducted research with the Child Safety group in the Department of Applied Mechanics. She is currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Gretchen conducts research related to pediatric injury biomechanics and child restraint systems in the Injury Biomechanics Research Center and is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Gretchen is also the winner of the 2017 Best Scientific Paper Award presented at the 2018 AAAM Annual Conference.

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