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Most Parents Ditch Booster Seats Too Soon: Study

The overwhelming majority of parents could be putting their children at risk.

According to a recent study released by Safe Kids Worldwide, nine out of 10 parents are taking their children out of booster seats before they are tall enough. The report, titled “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” was released as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week and was funded in part by a $2 million-grant from the General Motors Foundation.

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The report also determined that seven out of 10 parents aren’t aware that a child should be at least 57-inches tall in order to ride in a car without a booster seat. The study was based on a national online survey consisting of 1,000 parents with children ages 4 to 10.

“Car seats, booster seats and seat belts are engineered to offer more protection than ever,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But we found there’s a need to remind parents, and anyone who drives a child, about the importance of using a booster seat until a child is at least 57 inches tall and weighs between 80-100 pounds.”

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