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May 1987

No Seat Belts, No Music

Author Affiliations

The Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 707 N Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(5):478. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460050020013

In Reply.—Dr Sagall reiterates the suggestion of Clark and Johnson,1 that of making the use of car radios and tape decks contingent on seat belt use. A major automaker once introduced interlocking devices but withdrew them in the next model year. A letter-writing campaign to legislators and major automakers could reemphasize the role that safety engineering should be playing in the nation's injury control efforts.

My suggestion of contingent access to car telephones was meant to highlight the creative thinking and action that are necessary for developing the many solutions needed to reduce motor vehicle—related injuries and deaths.

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