Booster Seats: Still Needed after Age 4?

The August 2000 electronic issue of Pediatrics contains a study that looked at how many kids age 4 to 9 years use booster seats in cars (only 27.7% — only 10% by age 6). The authors asked the parents about their reasons for not using these seats, and the number one answer was that they thought that regular, adult lap/shoulder belts were safe for kids.

Booster Seats We know that regular, adult lap/shoulder belts make serious injury or death in a collision more than twice as likely. August is a big family month, and a very big month for car travel. It’s a great month to love your family by protecting your kids in the car.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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