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Child Booster Seats – What Is Safe? What Provides Protection to Children to Prevent Personal Injury from Automobile Accidents?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Telegraph.co.uk published an article recently about child booster seats to kick off child safety week in the United Kingdom. The article focused on a survey conducted by Which? magazine. Which? surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children aged between 4 and 12; these children are required by law to use a child car seat.

Here are some results of the poll:

– 17% did not use a car seat at all.
– 30% used backless booster cushions, which meet legal requirements but offer less protection than full sized car seats.
– almost 50% of children aged 4-12 are at risk of serious injury for side-on car collisions.

The chief executive of Which?, Peter Vicary-Smith stated that 30 children under the age of 12 are killed annually while traveling in vehicles; 300 children of the same age are seriously injured. Which?, a consumer magazine, has tested child car seats since 1966. The magazine reported that almost 25% of all car accidents involve a side-on collision. To read more about this topic see Child Booster Seat Survey.

Child booster seats protect children traveling in automobiles. As children get older, they may try to fight sitting in a booster seat. However, if a child is of the age and weight required by law to sit in a car seat, a parent or caretaker should make the child do so. Parents and caretakers have a duty to protect their children from harms way. Although traveling in a booster seat may not be the coolest way for a child to travel, it ensures a higher level of protection and safety to children in automobiles.