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Unaware of Laws, Many Parents Not Using Booster Seats for Older Children
Date:3/17/2010

Only 40% of kids at age 8 use booster seats; half of parents with kids age 4-8 say they don't know state laws requiring seat use

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All 50 states have some type of child safety seat law, 28 of which require kids to use child safety seats or booster seats through age 8 to reduce the risk of injuries in car crashes. But the latest C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health finds that while nearly all parents report their kids, ages 5 and younger, use booster seats or car seats while riding in vehicles, use of booster seats drops sharply to 40 percent by age 8.

Michelle Lea Macy, M.D., M.Sc., a pediatric emergency medicine physician and clinical lecturer in the University of Michigan departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, says that while seatbelts are not designed for young kids under 4-feet, 9-inches tall, there are many factors that may account for inconsistent booster seat use as kids age.

"I don't think it's surprising to find that kids 7 to 8 aren't using safety seats any longer," Macy says. "Parents may think their child is too big to put in a booster seat or that booster seats are baby
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