Booster-seat law can be annoying for many parents due to difficulty in travel, especially if you are flying to some place. Children may not like it when you make them sit and take them off of booster seat. None-the-less, booster seat is safe and reduces the number of children injured in car accidents as confirmed by a study. In fact, I remember an incident, wherein a friend of mine got into accident with another vehicle. She had her child in the booster seat. The accident was severe enough to cause fracture to my friend, but her child being in the booster seat was not injured.
The latest study published in Pediatrics, revealed that in the state of New York, traffic injuries among kids ages 4 to 6 dropped by 8%. The New York state implemented the law of mandatory booster seats in 2005. The study is the first to compare traffic injury rates before and after the implementation of a state booster-seat law.
- injuries among kids ages 4 to 6 dropped by18%
- no decrease in injury rates among younger children. They weren’t affected by the new law, because car seats are already required for them.
Lorrie Walker of advocacy group Safe Kids USA, said that kids need booster seats until:
- They should be tall enough so that the seat belts rest against a hard, bony surface — such as the hips and collarbone — not a soft spot such as the stomach.
- Kids should be able to bend their knees at the edge of the seat, even while...
sitting up straight.
- And they should be able to maintain that position — without slouching or lying down — for the entire trip.
The main reasons for these guidelines by Walker are based on the fact that the regular seat belts are not designed to protect children that weigh less than 80 to 100 pounds and who are under 4-feet-9. Walker also acknowledged that these kids are too short for the diagonal strap to fit securely around their shoulder and for the other belt to fit low and tight across the hips.
Currently forty seven states including District of Columbia have passed a law of booster seat for children that outgrow infant car seats. Regardless of the law in your state, Walker stress that parents should use booster seat if your kid fits in the categories mentioned before. Road accidents are unpredictable and can be fatal. It is responsibility of each parent to take proper safety measures.