Car seats are essential for ensuring the safety of child passengers.
For car seats to be effective, it is important that they are installed properly. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System has revealed that children using booster seats are at twice the risk of suffering serious injury in a car accident compared to younger children, primarily because their car seats are not installed properly. Researchers analyzed the age of children whose parents had gone to a certified car seat inspector to make sure that their rear-facing car seat or booster seat was installed correctly.
Booster Seat Inspections
- Only 11 percent of requested inspections were for booster seats, which are designed for kids in the age group of 4-7 years old.
- 50 percent of the inspections were for rear-facing infant car seats.
- Children 4 years or older were found to be more likely to have a younger sibling and researchers concluded that some of the booster seat inspections may have occurred as part of an infant seat inspection.
Researchers noted that parents tend to believe that they are expert at installing car seats by the time their child reaches booster seat age; however, this is not always true. Booster seats may seem less complicated when compared to installing an infant seat. This may lead parents to worry less about installing and using them correctly. The study suggests that it is better for certified child passenger safety technicians to focus on providing guidance on prolonged and better use of booster seats.
Booster Seat Statistics
- Booster seats are known to reduce the risk of serious injury by over 45 percent among children in the age group of 4-8 years compared to a seat belt alone. However, booster seats are rendered completely ineffective if they are not installed properly. (Read about safety tips and using booster seats correctly.)
- Many parents wrongly believe that their child has outgrown a booster seat. A survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide has revealed that 7 out of 10 parents were unaware that a child is not at optimal seat belt height until they achieve the height of 4’9”. Furthermore, the researchers found that 9 out of 10 parents move their child out of a booster sear to a seat belt prematurely.
- Child seat checks are provided across all major cities. Parents can do a simple online search to locate community centers or police stations that offer free child safety seat inspections.
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