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Some minority kids may be less likely to wear a seat belt

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Minority children might be at greater risk for car crash-related injuries because fewer wear seat belts, a study finds.

The study, presented Saturday at the American Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in Boston, looked at statistics on 37,375 children younger than 16 collected from the National Trauma Database from 2002 to 2006. Among those children, less than half — 45.7% — were in restraints. The lowest use of seat belts was found among black, Hispanic and Native American children.

Researchers found that 12.6% of children who were injured required emergency surgery, and that the use of seat belts was linked with less severe injuries and a lower risk of needing an emergency operation.

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