What is 'Partners for Child Passenger Safety'?

FACT: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 to 14 years in the United States. In 2002, 227,000 children were injured and 1,543 children were killed in car crashes. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

"As a Level One Pediatric Trauma Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia sees tragedies resulting from motor vehicle crashes too often, an average of 250 trauma admissions each year. The Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study is a scientific and systematic approach to turning this epidemic around," says Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., President and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The research conducted by PCPS seeks to determine how and why children are being killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes. The data collected and analyzed by PCPS researchers has direct implications for automotive and restraint design, public policy and parent education.

PCPS is a research collaboration of the largest auto insurer, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, and the nation's first children's hospital, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Since 1997, PCPS has created a database containing information on more than 223,000 crashes involving 336,000 children. It has become the largest source of data on children involved on motor vehicles crashes.

PCPS is the first academic-corporate partnership devoted to the safety of children in motor vehicles. The program's methodology is unique, combining in-depth telephone interviews, on-site crash investigations and computer crash simulations with interdisciplinary analysis and interpretation.

Findings from the study are published regularly in leading medical and engineering journals and presented at scientific conferences. The PCPS team conducts consistent outreach to the automotive and restraint community, policy makers and legislators, public health educators, and the media to improve safety for child occupants.