Throughout the United States, 28 states require kids to use child safety seats or booster seats through age 8 to reduce the risk of injuries in car crashes. However, a new study by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health fi nds that use of booster seats drop sharply to 40 percent by age 8. Michelle Lea Macy, M.D., M.Sc., a pediatric emergency medicine physician and clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan says, “ Laws about booster seat use came into play in the last decade, so parents talking to other parents about what’s safest for their child may not be getting the right information. Using a booster seat until 4-feet-9 is ideal.” Why use a booster seat? “Booster seats improve the way a seatbelt fi ts a child,” explains Macy. The correct fitting should be with the lap belt sitting low on the thighs (not riding up the abdomen), with the shoulder belt across the middle of the chest in between the ear and the arm. For current information on booster seat use and regulations, talk with your child’s primary care physician, learning more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.dot.gov) and the Mott Buckle-Up Program (734-763-2251).check your seat!
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