Three-wheeled vehicle injuries in children

Am J Dis Child. 1990 Jan;144(1):71-3. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250081037.


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 non-motorized three-wheeled vehicles are reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents*
  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neck Injuries
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Tooth Injuries
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*