Multiple news articles have reported that the use of car safety seats is not only important because state laws require drivers to use them, these safety devices are important because they have linked to a significant reduction of the risk of death associated with auto accidents.
According to a recent article, booster seats have also been linked to a lower number of child fatalities in car accidents. Kids who are too heavy or tall for traditional car safety seats should be placed on booster seats, the law says. However, only 4% of children who are between 4 and 5 years-old are safely placed in car safety seats. The percentage is even lower when you look at children from the 6 to 7 age group. According to a recent study, only 35% of American children in that age group are restrained and safely placed on child booster seats while occupying a vehicle.
Car crashes are the number 3 cause of death for children who are between the ages of 1 to 18, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and recent researches carried out by the Children’s Hospital Boston and the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention also in Boston.
Safety advocates ask parents to keep in mind that safety should be their priority and that booster safety seats should be used at all times.
Hopefully, drivers will take this safety risk in consideration and will begin using booster seats at all times.
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