Jill Cooper

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Jill Cooper is assistant director of the University of California, Berkeley Traffic Safety Center (cooperj@berkeley.edu).

Keeping Children Safe in Cars

Jill Cooper

Child-safety seats baffle parents, even the most technologically oriented and safety-conscious ones. Selecting the right seat is complicated because seat types change as a child grows. Seats and harnesses must be assembled and installed in the car, and that can be tricky or nearly impossible depending on the car’s age and model. Finally, securing a child in the seat can be challenging, even if she cooperates. If the child is sleeping, wiggly, or impatient, it can be extremely trying. Securing the child and, for some, installing the seat may be repeated several times a day.

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