Seat Belt Safety for Children

According to Safe Kids USA, car crashes are the number one killer of children in the United States between the ages of 3 to 14.

To lower the risk of death or serious injury, parents need to know the correct way to buckle up as well as the safest equipment to use.

For parents whose children have outgrown car seats, booster seats remain a must. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute released safety ratings for booster seats.

Surprisingly, 13 of the 41 booster seats tested failed to make the grade. The 13 booster seats that the researchers refused to recommend did a poor job of improving the fit of the lap and shoulder belts for children. Good booster seats make sure that seat belts cross a child’s bony parts such as the pelvic bones. The booster seats that failed to make the grade left the lap belt partially or fully on the abdomen.

The researchers concluded the ten best-bet boosters include 3 backless seats: Combi Kobuk, Fisher-Price Safe Voyage and Graco TurboBooster. The six highback booster seats identified as best bets include: Britax Monarch, Britax Parkway, Fisher-Price Safe Voyage, LaRoche Bros. Teddy Bear, Recaro Young Style and Volvo booster cushion. The combination Safeguard Go seat, when used as a backless booster, was also named a best bet.
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