TABLE 1.

Knowledge Scale Questions (n = 655)

Percent Correct
CSS-related questions (multiple choice)—7 items
 For a child weighing <20 lb and <1 year of age, how should the child ride in the car?96
 For a child weighing <20 lb and <1 year of age, the infant car seat should face which direction when placed in a car?90
 For a child weighing between 20 to 40 lb and older than 1 year of age, how should the child ride in the car?78
 For a child weighing between 40 to 60 lb, how should the child ride in the car?46
 The safest place for a child between the ages of 0 and 12 years old to ride in a car is:47
 Infants properly restrained in an infant car seat should not be turned from a rear-facing position to a forward facing position until the infant . . .60
 California law states that children should be restrained in a child car seat until . . .58
Airbag safety-related questions (multiple choice)—13 items
 If the car has “SRS” imprinted on the dashboard, what does this means?44
 How can you tell if a car is equipped with an airbag on the front driver’s side?
 The steering wheel has the word “SRS” or “Air Bag” printed on it.72
 The owner’s manual includes a section on airbags.74
 An “Air Bag” sticker or decal is present on the driver side sun visor.71
 How can you tell if a car is equipped with an airbag on the front passenger side?
 The dashboard has the word “SRS” or “Air Bag” printed on it.74
 The owner’s manual includes a section on airbags.74
 An “Air Bag” sticker or decal is present on the passenger side sun visor.70
 Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement:
 “If my car has a driver side airbag, I don’t need to wear my seat belt when driving.”96
 Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement:
 “If my car has a passenger side airbag, I don’t need to wear my seat belt when riding in the front seat.”96
 Which one group of children should NEVER be placed in front of an airbag in a car?81
 If you owned a new model (2000) pick-up truck with no rear seats and wanted to carry an infant in the front passenger side of the truck, what should you do to protect the child from an airbag related injury once the child is properly restrained?24
 On a trip to the store, a 5-year-old child must ride in the front seat of a 5-passenger car with a passenger side airbag. After properly restraining the child, what precautions could you take to reduce the possibility of the child being injured by an airbag?43
 Would you say that airbags in new model cars and trucks (1999 and 2000 Models) are: less powerful than 5 years ago, the same as 5 years ago, more powerful than 5 years ago, don’t know.14