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Three-Wheeled Vehicle Injuries in Children

Richard M. Ruddy, MD; Steven M. Selbst, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(1):71-73. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250081037.
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• Injuries associated with nonmotorized three-wheeled vehicles were prospectively evaluated through a standard questionnaire during the summer months at the emergency department of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pa. Forty-four children, including 32 boys, with a mean age of 3.77 years, reported such injuries. Most fell (36.4%), but a second vehicle was often involved. Most children (33 of 44) were on low-slung Big Wheels. Head, neck, and dental injuries accounted for the majority. Most injuries were not serious. Two patients were admitted; both had fractures, one of them had a concussion. Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission corroborate the epidemiology of these injuries. Recommendations of safety precautions with nonmotorized three-wheeled vehicles are reviewed.

(AJDC. 1990;144:71-73)


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