An exploratory investigation of child safety seat use among citizens of the United Arab Emirates

Nicole Bromfield, Moataz Mahmoud

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Child car safety has significantly improved in Western nations with the use of proper child restraints over the last 40 years, but progress lags in other nations. High-income but developing Eastern Mediterranean countries experience one of the world's highest road traffic-injury mortality rates for children. This study provides a preliminary investigation of child safety seat utilization among United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizen parents. Cross-sectional survey research was used to determine child safety seat utilization proportions. Data were collected from a convenience sample composed of target citizens, which make up approximately 15% of the total population of the country. A total of 366 parents with at least one child younger than age 13 years participated. Despite prevalent car-seat giveaway campaigns and regardless of car-seat ownership, the overall percentage of car seat use among Emirati parents was low: less than 20% for their children younger than age 24 months. Additionally, of those who use a car seat, parents reported improper use. The UAE currently has no compulsory child safety seat legislation. The findings suggest the need for further studies on car-seat usage in the UAE, as well as intervention research to inform locally relevant and culturally appropriate public information campaigns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-148
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Transportation Safety and Security
Publication statusPublished - Mar 30 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • United Arab Emirates
  • child restraints
  • child safety seat usage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Safety Research


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