Presentation on theme: "WARNING – PREGNANT WOMEN Seat Belts Can Kill Your Baby Written and Narrated By Jim Hofferberth Former Director, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."— Presentation transcript:
WARNING – PREGNANT WOMEN Seat Belts Can Kill Your Baby Written and Narrated By Jim Hofferberth Former Director, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Retired Director, Vehicle Research & Test Center, NHTSA
Injuries During Pregnancy Tracking & Understanding the Hidden Epidemic Hank Weiss PhD, Associate Professor Center for Injury Research and Control University of Pittsburgh AMCHP 2005 Conference
The unborn child of a pregnant woman is 5 Times More Likely To Be Injured Or Killed in a crash than another infant or child riding in the same car.
Risk of Fetal Death With Lap & Shoulder Belt 16 mph26% 22 mph51% 28 mph76% 34 mph90% Research Projections based on Computer Modeling
Clinical Studies Have Shown That …the lap belt … has been implicated in causing specific trauma to the placenta and fetus … in relatively minor vehicular accidents. And …the tightened lap belt can cause direct injury to the fetus without severely injuring the pregnant woman. [Crosby, W. M. and Costiloe, J. P. (1971). Safety of lapbelt restraint for pregnant victims of automobile collisions. New England Journal of Medicine, 284, 632], [Klinich, K.D., Schneider, L.W., Moore, J.L., and Pearlman, M.D. (1998). Injuries to pregnant occupants in automotive crashes. In 16'* ESV Conference Proceedings. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 98-SP-P- 17,2046-2056 [Griffiths, M., Hillman, G., and Usherwood, M. M. (1991). Seat belt injury in pregnancy resulting in fetal death. A need for education? Case reports. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 98,420-321]
Pregnant women not wearing a seatbelt 3 times more likely to experience fetal death Hyde et al (ObGyn, 2003): Effect of motor vehicle crashes on birth & fetal outcomes in Utah
Umpire Pad (US 349589) ? Crotch Strap (US5005865) INADEQUATE Crotch Strap #1 www.tummyshield.com INADEQUATE PiXie Pregnancy Harness www.pregnancyseatbeltharness.com, INADEQUATE Partial Shell (US 4610463) DANGEROUS Partial Shell (US 5213366-2) DANGEROUS Gravida Protection (JP, H-40060, U) DANGEROUS Full Shell (US 8070184 B2) www.jimhof.com NOT AVAILABLE The Technology Exists To Fix This Problem
In the early 1970, research showed that: The high rate of fetal and placental injury in this study indicates that additional restraint may necessary to reduce the snubbing action of the lap belt. *(1972). Effects of Lap Belt and Three Point Restraints on Pregnant Baboons Subjected to Deceleration. Fifteenth Stapp Crash Conference Proceedings, SAE #710850, 68-83.] * [Crosby, Snyder, Snow, Hanson, (1968) Impact Studies in Pregnancy, Experimental Studies, Civil Aeromedica Inst. Oklahoma City Okla.]
There Is No Excuse For NHTSAS FAILURE to correct this situation
I Am Demanding That NHTSA Issue A Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard On Restraints For Pregnant Women 1.Properly Advise Pregnant Women About The Risks Of Driving Or Riding In A Car When They Are Pregnant, And 2.Assure That Only Safe And Effective Systems Are Offered For Sale In The United States.
Please Help Submit Your Petition For Rulemaking To: Mr. David L. Strickland, Administrator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE West Building Washington, DC 20590 Label It Petition For Rulemaking Use USPS (Snail Mail) www.jimhof.com