Children in Booster Seats More Likely to be Injured in a Car

Children in Booster Seats More Likely to be Injured in a Car

A recent study has revealed children in booster seats are twice as likely to suffer serious injury or death in a car crash than younger children.

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that parents are less likely to have booster seats inspected for safety, despite free inspection stations available in Michigan. In fact, only one in 10 car seat inspections performed at those stations covered booster seat-aged children and of those, 30 percent of those children were in what the inspectors called a “sub-optimal restraint.” Booster-aged seat children are between the ages of 4 to 7 and typically sit in forward-facing child seats.

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Although this study didn’t offer details about the safety restraints, other studies conducted suggest that parents allow children to move too quickly to less-restrictive booster seats, abandon booster seats altogether or to sit in the front seat.

According to recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should sit in rear-facing seats until at least age 2, although the recommendation is based more on size than age. A booster seat should be used until a child is 57-inches tall, the average height of an 11-year-old. Children should not sit in the front seat until they are 13 years old, regardless of their size, said the American Academy of Pediatrics.

[Source: The New York Times]

  • HangFire

    No data on WHY older children get injured, just implies that another study might be the reason. The “New York Times” source link doesn’t lead to the New York Times, and the source link from that blog article leads to the CDC, not any specific study. All in all this article was a total waste of my time because there’s no actual information on why older children are injured more often.