Graduating from a car seat to a booster seat and from a booster seat to just a seatbelt is a momentous milestone for many parents and children. These transitions indicate that your child is getting older, and are often met with bittersweet emotions, particularly when he doesn’t require the help of a booster seat any longer. The problem is, a majority of parents are taking these big steps far too soon.
A Seatbelt May Not Be Enough, Yet
Based on the current recommendations, children should remain in booster seats until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh more than between 80 and 100 pounds, depending on their build. Transitioning the child too soon prevents the seatbelt from restraining the youngster where it can provide the most safety. And although it’s probably safe to say that most parents wouldn’t intentionally put their children in danger by not placing them in the appropriate restraint systems, many have their own reasons for doing so.
SafeKids Worldwide conducted a survey aimed at getting to the bottom of early booster seat transitioning, and here’s what it found:
- Parents often transitioned their children out of booster seats because of the child’s preference, input from their spouses, and their own state laws. California child seat belt laws call for children to stay in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old and are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- One in five parents whose children carpool admitted to allowing their kids to ride without the booster or child restraint they would typically use.
- Over 20 percent of parents whose children carpool at least one day a week revealed they don’t talk to the carpool drivers about their children’s safety restraints.
- Nine out of 10 parents surveyed stated that they moved their children out of booster seats too soon, and 7 out of 10 parents with children ages 4 to 10 didn’t know what the recommendations were.
Don’t Let Someone Else’s Negligence Get the Best of You
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