Childhood deaths and cargo barriers in cars

@article{Byard1999ChildhoodDA,
  title={Childhood deaths and cargo barriers in cars},
  author={Roger W. Byard and Anthony J. Bourne and R James},
  journal={Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health},
  year={1999},
  volume={35}
}
Abstract: To analyse features of childhood deaths associated with the absence or presence of car cargo barriers, three cases were taken from the files of the Department of Histopathology at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and State Forensic Science Centre, Adelaide, Australia, over a 5‐year period from January 1993 to December 1997. Case 1: A 6‐year‐old boy who was a rear passenger sustained fatal crush injuries from unrestrained luggage moving forward after an accident. No cargo barrier… 
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