Good News About Booster Seats

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They're safe!

They work!

Okay, so you knew that. But here's some other stuff  you may not have known from a recent Children's Hospital of Philadelphia study involving 7,000 children ages 4 to 8 involved in real-world crashes:

  • Children ages 4 to 8 who are restrained in the rear seat of a car in a belt-positioning booster seat are 45 percent less likely to be injured in a crash compared with children using a seat belt alone.
  • There was no difference in the level of protection offered by backless versus high back booster seats.
  • Of those riding in booster seats, children involved in side-impact crashes saw the greatest reduction in injury risk.

The last time researchers evaluated the safety of boosters was many years with younger kids ages 4 and 5. Now that so many states have laws requiring them for children up to age 8, they wanted to be sure the seats were protecting them and reducing injury just as well.

I didn't realize that not all states have booster seat laws, and not all those that do require them for children up to age 8. The researchers hope the information in this study will push lawmakers to make that happen.

Find videos on how to choose and install your car seat correctly at the CHOP website.

Is your big kid still in a booster seat? Do they use the one with or without the back and does it matter to you?


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