Children's Auto Safety

Children's Auto Safety

(NAPSI)-The next time you give your child a lift in the car, you may want to check to see if he needs a boost, too.
Experts say children who have outgrown their toddler seats (usually at age 4 or 40 pounds) are far safer sitting in booster seats until they are about 8 years old or 4'9" tall than they are using seat belts alone. Yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 80 to 90 percent of the children in America who should be restrained in booster seats are not.
Just how effective are booster seats? Studies show that young children prematurely moved to safety belts are four times more likely to suffer serious head injuries in a crash than are children in child safety or booster seats.
As well as partnering with the Ad Council, NHTSA will also make an educational kit, which includes activity guides and growth charts, available free to preschool and kindergarten teachers.
Since Vince and Larry, (the now famous Crash Test Dummies from PSAs in the '80s and '90s) were introduced to America in 1985, safety belt usage has increased from 14 percent to 80 percent. It's hoped that the new PSAs and educational kits can yield similar success with regard to older child passengers.
For more information, visit www.boosterseat.gov. Children who are under 4 feet, 9 inches tall should be restrained in booster seats when riding in vehicles.

Article has been shortened for editorial purposes.