Each day, nine out of 10 parents are not properly securing their kids with booster seats. This is the assessment from a national study funded in part by a $2-million grant from General Motors Foundation. Perhaps you know of a guilty parent.
The problem, according to a “Buckle Up: Booster Seats” reports, says parents aren’t either aware or there are ignoring the fact kids should be at least 57 inches (4-foot-9 inches) tall to ride in a car without a booster seat. The report found seven out of 10 parents didn’t realize there was the 57-inch-height rule.
This survey highlights the dangers in moving your child out of a booster seat too early. The vehicle’s safety systems are designed to work within a height range and not using a booster seat, you may be putting your child in serious jeopardy.
General Motors Foundation partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to collect the national online survey results of 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10.
This report coincides with an increased focus on child safety taking place now for National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14-20). GM and Chevrolet dealerships will partner with various Safe Kids coalitions for “National Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 20 to ensure children are fitted with the proper seat.
Properly securing and using the right child seat is not just a good idea, it can be lifesaving.