Study: Racial Gaps Exist in Car-Seat Usage

Chris Hoenig, DiversityInc, January 31, 2014

Children from underrepresented groups don’t use the proper car seat as often as white children do, according to a study out of the University of Michigan.

Researchers found that white parents were three to four times more likely to report using age-appropriate child safety seats than parents from underrepresented groups. But the survey, which included 600 parents of kids aged 1 through 12, struggled to explain the reasons for the racial disparities. “We expected that differences in family income, parental education and sources of information would explain the racial disparities in age-appropriate restraint use, and they did not,” lead author Dr. Michelle L. Macy told Reuters Health. Most parents said they got their information from instruction manuals or by “just figuring it out,” and social norms could be one reason for the disparities, she said

Disparities were also seen when it came to parents of kids aged 4 through 7 allowing the children to sit in the front seat. About 10 percent of all kids that age sit in the front seat, according to the survey, but white parents were only half as likely to allow children that age up front. {snip}

Experts say all children under age 13 should ride in the backseat. {snip}



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  • Oil Can Harry

    Could it be that white parents simply care more about their kids than ghetto slobs do?

    Nah, that’s crazy talk….

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Study: Racial Gaps Exist in Car Seats

      Racial gaps exist in EVERYTHING!

      Become a master of the obvious – beginning and end of wisdom…

    • Lagerstrom

      Only a Nazi would even suggest such a thing…

    • I loved the use of the term “children from underrepresented groups” in the original article. This is code for “children with stupid NAM parents”. Most white and northeast Asian parents are smart enough to buy car seats for their kids, especially since the law in most (all?) states actually requires them.

      Of course this is independent of income! Car seats are not very expensive when one gets a used one. Kids eventually outgrow the need for them, and after you buy one cheap and use it for some years, you peddle it off to the next young family or give it to friends who have a new baby.

      I’ll bet anything you like that adult seat belt use follows the same patterns.

  • Tarczan

    This is pretty easy. The black reproductive strategy is to have as many offspring as possible and hope one survives. This is based upon the environment in which they evolved; one of abundant food and resources and moderate climate, but frequent losses due to floods, wild animals, and disease. Europeans evolved under an environment of scarce resources and harsh climates where the best reproductive strategy was to have fewer offspring and guard them closely.

  • Let me help their research:

    Parental insouciance.

    • Max

      Don’t Worry Be Happy…somebody else will pay.

  • sbuffalonative

    Children from underrepresented groups

    What does that mean?

    Disparities were also seen when it came to parents of kids aged 4 through 7 allowing the children to sit in the front seat

    Disparities? Making choices represents disparities? Are racist white people denying ‘underrepresented groups’ the right to use child safety seats for their children?

    Maybe more white parents take child rearing and the safety of their children more seriously.

    • Andy

      Yes, in what way that concerns this study are they “underrepresented”?

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        The only “underrepresented” group that I can think of are white Americans.

      • Rhialto

        I noted that also. The referenced article uses the terminology White/non-White. Diversityinc uses the term “underrepresented”. I had never encountered “underrepresented” used this way.

        One field that the Liberals can’t be beat is in devising goofy and loathsome terminology.

    • So CAL Snowman

      “Maybe more white parents take child rearing and the safety of their children more seriously.”

      No, I believe you had it right the first time. It’s so very obvious that racist Whites are denying people of color the right to use child safety seats. I was at Target the other day and they had two different child seat models. The “White” one had all the bells and whistles and was covered in Swastikas and Confederate Flags. The “colored” seat was made of plywood and came with a limited time EBT offer.

      • Puggg

        That’s the solution. Let people buy child car seats with food stamps. It might put a cork in the school to prison pipeline.

      • Whitetrashgang

        I saw a jew one that said over 250 million murdered by the tribe made of white skin.

      • tlk244182

        Sorry. I posted b4 reading your comment. I said what u said. But yours was a lot more funny.

    • tlk244182

      I wondered about that myself, i.e. the meaning of “underrepresented groups.” I think it means that if only White racists like us would stop under-representing these unfortunate people, they would take better care of their children.

  • bigone4u

    Many blacks don’t have the smarts to figure out how to properly install car seats, no matter their education. Plus, there’s WORK involved in getting a kid into one. There, I just helped the profs come to the solution to the conundrum–you guys make me a co-author, please.

    • Rosenmops

      I remember a case of a family from the Vancouver area who were in an accident while driving down to Seattle. The family were immigrants (probably from Pakistan or something like that.). They had a baby in a baby-seat, but the baby-seat was just resting on car seat…not attached at all! When the car crashed and rolled over the baby was flung out on the road. (I believe the baby survived, but I’m not sure whether or not it was permanently damaged).

      • The baby had already been damaged by simple genetics. Being flung out onto a road was probably just icing on the cake.

  • MekongDelta69

    Everybody knows that car seats (like everything else on the planet) are ‘racist.’

    DIE-Versity Inc. needs to keep pace with well established facts…

    • Lagerstrom

      Car seats are ‘racist’ because ‘underrepresented groups’ don’t know how to install them or use them in a proper and safe manner. Then this invented issue turns into an ‘inequality or disparate effect issue’.

  • Jim Barlow

    Some individuals have a greater ability to delay gratification, plan ahead (contemplate the ramifications of the their actions) and have the resolve to do a job correctly the first time.

    Our people employ this behavior more than these “underrepresented groups”.

    Using a car seat is a good investment, despite the cost, frustration, difficulty and time it takes to put your child in one. Therefore, we do it more, they do it less.

    • Erasmus

      It’s why Detroit is Detroit, Haiti is Haiti, and Africa is Africa. You can’t alter nature. You can only work realistically within its parameters.

    • tlk244182

      On delaying gratification and doing it right the first time, I once saw a photograph of a city in India where the main electrical cables were lashed to the sides of buildings, instead of on poles or buried. We’re starting to see the same kind of thing here: traffic lights placed according to what’s easiest and cheapest, instead of where they can be seen by motorists. America is more like the Third World every day, as we can no longer afford to do things properly, and Affirmative Action requires us to employ municipal workers who use diversity not only as a work ethic but as a mechanical principle.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    The same gene responsible for the absentee negro father is behind this pattern. Blacks approach child-rearing with the same laxity they approach all other aspects of life.

    • pcmustgo

      Funny, there’s a Black prepper on youtube (he lives in Alaska- talk about an outlier! He’s name is DemCad on youtube, real Oreo) who pondered why there’s so few black preppers. He never mentioned that blacks are not known to prepare for much of anything. They are not known for preparing for parenthood, etc.

      • Cannot Tell

        And I thought I was the only black prepper out there!

  • Lewis33

    I wonder if this is connected to TV toppling deaths as well…another this week, always black families.

    • tlk244182

      Because of Jim Crow, they cant afford flat screens. Actually, I’m shocked that Black families tolerate being forced to watch older, heavy TVs like the one I have. Are they ever injured by falling bookcases? (Boy, I really AM becoming a racist, aren’t I?) I built my own bookcase and cut the bottom on a slight angle so that it leans against the wall, very hard to pull over when filled with all my racist books.

      • Reading wouldn’t help them because they would pick stupid material written by other stupid, “underrepresented” blacks.

    • texasoysterman

      I have first-hand experience in tv toppling. The story goes; Back in the early 1960’s, when I was but a young lad, I watched television on a large black and white tv which was situated on a wobbly table. Apparently I enjoyed cartoons and playing with the tv electrical cord. Somehow I pulled it down upon myself and I have a 3-inch scar on my forehead to show for it.
      Every time the story is related to someone, my middle-class, professional parents imply it was my fault.
      I believe I was 3-years-old.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Children from underrepresented groups . . .”

    Lets see here : NAACP, National Council of La Raza, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), ACLU, SPLC, National MEChA, MALDEF, ADL, NALEO, Urban League, Black Student Union, Hispanic Student Union, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Council of Negro Women (yes seriously, why are you laughing?), United Negro College Fund (might want to update that one), Nation Of Islam, Black Panthers, New Black Panthers, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, etc.

  • NotTooSwift

    Underrepresented groups also tend to defecate in stairwells of high-rise apartment buildings, give birth to many illegitimate children, spread HIV throughout their community, etc.

    So what is the big surprise about non-use of child car seats?

  • The Final Solution

    Children from overrepresented groups more like it. All you ever hear about in this country are the needs of minorities, the oppressed, the disadvantaged. You never hear anything about the interests of whites. Just how are they underrepresented?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Rent-A-Center doesn’t do car seats.

    • Now that you mention it, they’ll start.

      Last year’s model at 150% of next year’s prices and triple 1978’s interest rates.

      • dukem1

        Only 5 dollars a week, and in three years, you’ll own it!

        • But will they repo it if you don’t make the payments?

          Being a repo man for rent joints trying to repo stuff from the kind of people that like to use rent joints is always risky business.

          • dukem1

            I don’t know…I bet most of them would just be like – Oh yeah, OK, I don’t have to help you carry it out, do I?..See ya next month, bro’.

            Unless it was in the middle of the NBA playoffs…Then all bets are off!

  • pcmustgo

    I knew a wild and reckless low-iq white from a “poor white trash” family in town who died in his teens by not wearing a seat belt while driving in a foreign country. Makes you think.

  • Alexandra1973

    I won’t let my son ride in the front seat–he’s 12 and I have airbags. He sits in the middle row of my minivan.

    I might add that it’s not that hard to use car seats.

  • LACounty

    Seatbelts are too complicated for some folks, ie., they’re RACIST. Obama will initiate a fund for minority seatbelt training.

  • Truthseeker

    Throughout my life, I’ve noticed that many blacks take a hands-off approach to parenting. They would often ignore their small children or leave them unsupervised in public areas. Even blacks who held respectable jobs and lived in fairly nice areas exhibited this tendency. These observations were made before I became a race realist, so it always baffled me at the time.

    • Rhialto

      What you observed, was inherited African child care behavior. It’ part of the r strategy which Africans use.

    • The mudshark who once lived across from us wanted her critter to “play” with my daughter, just in order to obtain free daycare services. Afritards and their satellite species do not want to take responsibility for their offspring. We said “no”.

  • Ella

    It’s hard to fit 4-6 car seats in one vehicle so they ignore the laws.

    • r j p

      My sisters did it.

      • Alexandra1973

        I once knew of a White family around here that had half a dozen kids–at least. They just had one of those bigger vans.

  • MBlanc46

    Another racial gap for which white Americans must be punished!

  • Rosenmops

    And you see them riding on the roof and clinging to the outside of trains and busses in third world places.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Very stupid people who work as cashiers will steal from their registers knowing full well a camera is constantly watching them…

    They also disregard laws meant to protect them from themselves.

    Good points.

  • Max

    Stupidity and irresponsibility explain the difference and curiously, these have a strong correlation with race. They will continue to reevaluate this from every angle until they can determine some relation to latitude or moon phases.

  • rightrightright

    Car seats are expensive and you have to think through the fixing instructions. The money and time are obviously better spent on hair straightener, false nails and drugs. Innit?

  • RyanP

    Yet another proof of Philippe Rushtons r-K theory of racial differences.

  • TXCriollo

    Diversityinc what a big pile of bs this site is, i use to troll every blog that guy has, but he cannot ever give me a decent argument back so he just deletes it. We should all go post on his blog

  • Lagerstrom

    Wow. A university study!

    • tlk244182

      Now THAT’s funny!

  • Spartacus

    The non-Eskimos are getting more and more ingenious in wasting White people’s money, aren’t they ?

  • Spartan24708

    I started to count the phrase “underrepresented groups” but I lost count and quit reading all together. Ridiculous waste of money.

  • Joe blow

    Some groups have thicker skulls than others, and are thus less prone to injury.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Way back in the 60’s I used to hear guys say you couldn’t hurt a black if you hit them in the head…..”Aim for the feet”, they said. Then everyone laughed.

  • bilderbuster

    Every time I read about a bus going off a mountain or an overloaded barge flipping over in the third world I’m always amazed at how extremely high the body count is.
    How is it possible that they can always fit so many aboard & consider that safe?

  • antiquesunlight

    I get the point, but not letting an 11 or 12-year-old ride in the front seat sounds a bit overprotective to me.

    • Alexandra1973

      It’s because of the airbags.

      I have to wonder, if airbags are so dangerous, why are they allowed?

      If my minivan didn’t have a passenger-side airbag, I’d have no problem with letting my 12-year-old ride up front.

  • William_JD

    Actually, it’s very difficult. It can give parents serious back injuries.

  • Brian

    K-selection would explain it.

  • Saggin Gin

    The typical welfare career queen with 6-8 consistent crotch droppings won’t obey the car seat law… let alone obey traffic safety. A simple thing like stopping at a red light is considered holding them back in a civilized society. Car seats are for whites and they protect our children from these ape-like primates allowed to operate a vehicle on public streets.

  • Unfortunately, not all of these injuries of stupid people would be fatal, and the resulting increase in medical expenses would drive up motor vehicle insurance rates for everyone.