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Booster Seat Laws Keeping Children Safe

States with booster seat laws had fewer child motor vehicle fatalities, according to a new study. This is good news, particularly given that a new child safety seat law took effect in California earlier this year. It requires children to be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat in the back seat of the car until they are eight years old.

According to Reuters, the study revealed that after states began passing booster seat laws, fewer children ages 4 to 7 died in car accidents. Between 1999 and 2009, states that mandated booster seat use saw an 11 percent lower risk of child traffic fatalities compared with states with no requirements. Booster seats can prevent serious injuries during a San Diego accident because they raise a child high enough so that seatbelts can be positioned properly.

Surprisingly, older children benefited the most. When six and seven-year-olds were considered, the risk of death dropped even more dramatically by 25 percent.

“I think parents may think that as kids get older, they need booster seats less,” said senior researcher Dr. Lois K. Lee of Children’s Hospital Boston. “But this shows that it’s kids at the upper end of the age range who could benefit the most,” she explained.