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Kids in the back seat: Brazil's strides in enforcing its new traffic law
  1. Danilo Blank, Professor of Pediatrics
  1. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul School of Medicine, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil (Member of the Department of Child Safety, Brazilian Society of Pediatrics) (e-mail:

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    Editor,—Primary care pediatricians like myself, who are often asked to lecture on child and adolescent auto safety promotion to both peers and lay people, naturally have their attention drawn to studies like the one so meticulously devised and carried out by Braver et al for the solid information they provide.1 This article provides very useful data demonstrating, among other issues of interest, the lower risk of children in the rear seat sustaining injuries, whether or not the car is equipped with a passenger-side airbag, even though a greater risk reduction could be demonstrated for vehicles having such a device. This particularly concerns us, safety promoters of the so-called less industrialized counties, …

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