If there is any person on the planet who is more safety conscious than a new parent it’s a grandparent. We know all the bad things that could happen and probably have known some people who have suffered some personal tragedy. I am a especially fanatical about car safety, because while you can control how you drive, you can never control how other people drive. So protecting my grown baby, and my grandbabies is the most import thing in the world to me.
Since my daughter was young child safety seat laws have changed radically so it was good to see this information from Maxi-Cosi on booster seats for older children. Even though my grandson is not quite 5 he is very tall for his age and I was wondering how much longer he needed to ride in his booster seat.
“Most parents know that it’s safer for older children to ride in boosters—in fact 4-5 year olds using booster seats have a 67% reduction in fatality risk vs. other 4-5 year olds riding unrestrained. What some parents may not know is what booster seat laws apply to them, as they vary by state and can be pretty confusing. For example, in some states all children under 8 years old must be restrained in a booster, and other states only require children to 4 years old to use one. Although the American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children ride in booster until the age of 12 or 57″, only 13% of children 54-56” do.”
Maxi-Cosi has compiled these, and other helpful statistics in a new infographic on booster seat safety for you.
So according to his checkup this morning, my grandson has to grow another 10 inches before he can be out of a booster seat. I don’t think he’ll be 12 yet when that happens, but we’ll face that when we get there. I was just happy to see all this information in one place.
You can also find Child Passenger Safety information at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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