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University of Windsor to Research Car Seat Safety

Monday September 12th, 2011, 3:15pm

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Researchers at the University of Windsor will be tackling the issue of traffic and road injuries in Canadian children thanks to a new significant investment by the Government of Canada. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State, Science and Technology, made the announcement today on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Minister Goodyear announced an investment of $1.7 million to support a research team led by Dr. Anne Snowdon of the University of Windsor and Dr. Andrew Howard of the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) that will address child road injury prevention funded by CIHR, the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the University of Windsor, and Transport Canada.

“Each year, about 130 Canadian children under the age of 15 die as a result of road traffic injuries,” said Dr. Anne Snowdon, AUTO21 Theme Coordinator for Health, Safety and Injury Prevention, and a professor at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. “This research will help reduce those injuries by ensuring children are safer riding in cars, or walking or cycling in their neighbourhoods.”

The national team will look at how to keep children safer in vehicles on Canada’s roadways. Research areas include increasing the use of children’s vehicle safety seats through partnerships with health care practitioners, educators and parents; translating knowledge of patterns of safety seat use and misuse to design and commercialize a new generation of safety seats; and examining pedestrian and cycling safety for children. In addition to new products, the knowledge generated will help to inform policy and develop programs.

“The University of Windsor is committed to applying research to issues of importance to society and nothing is more important than the safety of children,” said Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Windsor. “The work of Dr. Snowdon, Dr. Howard, and all of their collaborators in preventing road injury to the youngest members of our society is a great example of how Canadian researchers are addressing challenges that touch everyone.”

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