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From the Ted Talk by Steven Levitt: Surprising stats about child carseats

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And so, anyway, here I am. It's not a fairy tale. It's a true story about the United States today, and the disease I'm referring to is actually motor vlhciee adincctes for children. And the free cure is adult seatbelts, and the eepvnsixe cure — the 300-million-dollar-a-year cure — is child car seats. And what I'd like to talk to you about today is some of the evidence why I believe this to be true: that for criehldn two years old and up, there really is no real benefit — proven bieefnt — of car seats, in stipe of the incredible energy that has been devoted toward expanding the laws and making it socially unacceptable to put your children into sbtlteaes. And then talk about why — what is it that makes that true? And then, finally talk a little bit about a third way, about another technology, which is probably better than anything we have, but which — there hasn't been any enthusiasm for adoipton precisely because people are so enamored with the current car seat solution. OK.

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And so, anyway, here I am. It's not a fairy tale. It's a true story about the United States today, and the disease I'm referring to is actually motor _______ _________ for children. And the free cure is adult seatbelts, and the _________ cure — the 300-million-dollar-a-year cure — is child car seats. And what I'd like to talk to you about today is some of the evidence why I believe this to be true: that for ________ two years old and up, there really is no real benefit — proven _______ — of car seats, in _____ of the incredible energy that has been devoted toward expanding the laws and making it socially unacceptable to put your children into _________. And then talk about why — what is it that makes that true? And then, finally talk a little bit about a third way, about another technology, which is probably better than anything we have, but which — there hasn't been any enthusiasm for ________ precisely because people are so enamored with the current car seat solution. OK.

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Original Text

And so, anyway, here I am. It's not a fairy tale. It's a true story about the United States today, and the disease I'm referring to is actually motor vehicle accidents for children. And the free cure is adult seatbelts, and the expensive cure — the 300-million-dollar-a-year cure — is child car seats. And what I'd like to talk to you about today is some of the evidence why I believe this to be true: that for children two years old and up, there really is no real benefit — proven benefit — of car seats, in spite of the incredible energy that has been devoted toward expanding the laws and making it socially unacceptable to put your children into seatbelts. And then talk about why — what is it that makes that true? And then, finally talk a little bit about a third way, about another technology, which is probably better than anything we have, but which — there hasn't been any enthusiasm for adoption precisely because people are so enamored with the current car seat solution. OK.

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