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Child Safety and Booster Seats

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Written by Amber Russell

The most common cause of child deaths in the UK are car crashes. This is rather surprising considering the fact that it is one of the countries which imposes strict safety requirements on car manufacturers for automobile safety. British consumers with children are also known for buying car models with proven crashworthiness and safety features. And yet, every year, children die from crash-related injuries. This has prompted government agencies to take a closer look into the problem. As a result, the federal governments in various states have implemented the booster seat law over the recent years.

Although automobile manufacturers are upping the ante by incorporating various safety features in the event of a crash (air bags, anti-lock brakes, reinforcement bars, etc.), what some parents fail to mind is that these safety features are designed with the average adult passenger in mind. For the child passenger, these very same features could actually help aggravate injuries or even contribute to causes of mortality. For instance, the deployment of air bags in the front seats could actually cause facial or cranial fractures to a child.

As for booster seats, they are crucial for children who are too old for car seats, and yet too small for adult seat belts. While seat belts are a must for every minute spent inside a car, they need to fit correctly. This means that the belt straps should lie across the bony areas of the shoulder and the lap. That way, in the event of the crash, they safely restrain the passenger without the risk of strangulation or injury to the internal organs.

Most states enforce the booster seat law only for children who are below 8. Still, it is best for all children below 12 to use a booster seat. And of course, parents need to make sure that booster seats fit perfectly and are correctly installed.

 

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Amber Russell