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When it comes to your most precious cargo, you want to make sure your kids are well protected in case of those worst-case scenarios. Research has stated that using child safety seats can help reduce injuries and deaths in a crash, and new findings support the use of mandated booster seats.
There’s a new study out that will be of particular interest to parents. Conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this new study is the first to look at injury rates before and after a state law on booster seats went into effect. Taking a look at New York State booster seat law (implemented in March 2005), the study found that injuries in children ages 4 to 6 years old dropped 18 percent. This improvement is due to the increase in use of boosters after the child restraint law was upgraded, from 29 percent to 50 percent.
More research that also supports the benefits of boosters was conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics in 2009. This study found that children aged 4-8 years old who used booster seats were 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries than children who were just using the vehicle’s seat belt.
Child seat laws vary from state to state. All states require a child restraint for children through age 3, while most require a restraint for children until at least 7 years old. Even if the state you live in doesn’t have a law regarding this issue, safety organizations and the government recommend that you keep children in an appropriate child restraint until they are able to fit the vehicles belts both comfortably and safely (usually when they are around 4ft. 9- inches tall). It’s also recommended that all children under age 13 should ride in the rear seat.
[Source: Consumer Reports]