Study Reveals Good News About Child Safety Restraints

by Carmen Dellutri on May 2, 2013

Sarasota accident lawyerA recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that parents are heeding the message about keeping children in car seats and booster seats longer. This is good news given that child safety restraints are credited with saving the lives of 12,200 children in 2011.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, the NHTSA currently recommends that children stay in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Once they outgrow that, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

The 2011 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats (NSUBS) found that the number of children ages four to seven riding in only seat belts, instead of car seats and boosters, dropped 7 percent in 2011 to 25 percent, down from 32 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, the use of both car seats and booster seats increased during the same period, suggesting that parents are reversing the trend of graduating their children prematurely to seat belts.

Nonetheless, the report also revealed that works still remains to be done. It found that 25 percent of children ages four to seven were still improperly restrained by seat belts instead of car seats or booster seats.

"We're on the right road to ensuring that all our smallest passengers are buckled in the right seat for a child's age and size," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "But we caution parents and caregivers of being overconfident in choosing the right seat for their children. Children who graduate too soon from their car seats, or are not in car seats at all, are at risk of serious injury."

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