The Importance of Booster Seats and Seat Belts

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In 2011 there were 650 deaths of children who were not properly buckled or in a car seat when riding in a vehicle, with the use of a booster that could have been extremely reduced. Families are out on road trips so much more than in the past, which means that children are in the car far more than they used to be (“Booster ...” 1). Almost 7, 000 children were involved in accidents in 2006 and 45% of them were not restrained and received fatal injuries (“Statistics...” 6). In 2006, there were approximately 5 child fatalities daily (“Statistics...” 2).This number could be lowered if children would be placed in proper booster or car seats for their age and buckled soundly. Most children that are not buckled are from families where the parent does not buckle up (“Child Passenger Safety” 2). When in a car, only about 21% of children ages 4-8 years of age are occasionally riding in a booster (“Child Passenger Safety Statistics” 4).These precautions help children to be secure in case of an accident. In an article published by the CDC, they stated, “Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries” (“Child Passenger Safety” 4). The laws state that all children should be in a car seat, for a reason. Use of seat belts are important but the combination of seat belts and boosters together, are proven to help keep children from deaths and injuries in accidents, especially when they are used

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