Comfort, or crash trap?

A/Prof Julie Brown was recently featured in The Senior, elaborating on her work in her Injury Prevention Lab. Specifically she spoke about her work related to car safety and the elderly.

“Seniors are nine times more likely than a younger person to have a serious injury in a similar type of crash,” A/Prof Brown said.

“The most common of these are chest injuries, and even though the seatbelt is a really important device and saves the lives of these older people, these injuries occur because of them.

“We’ve been looking at why that might be the case.”

A/Prof Brown said researchers started by looking at the way older people use seatbelts. “And that’s when we saw that more than a quarter of them were using some sort of comfort aid – things like soft cushions and pillows that they were sitting on.”

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