According to new research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, there should be more state laws that standardize child booster seats for children until the age of 8.
According to AAP statistics, state laws that mandate car booster seat use for children at least until the age of 8 have been associated with fewer motor vehicle-related fatalities and severe injuries.
"Many states have booster seat laws. However, there are different requirements for how long the child should remain in the booster seat," said Lois Lee, the senior author of the abstract. "Our analysis supports the fact that booster seat laws should follow AAP standards to optimally protect children when they are riding in a motor vehicle."
The AAP recommended that children be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat until the child reaches at least 4 feet, 9 inches in height, which is usually somewhere between the ages of 8 and 12. Some states have already adopted policies that call for children to wear booster seats until they are the height or age suggested by the AAP, while other states only require children to be in booster seats until they are 6 or 7 years old.
Researchers reviewed data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System between January 1999 and December 2009 in "Booster Seat Laws Reduce Motor Vehicle Fatalities and Injury," which compared fatality and incapacitating injury rates in states before and after the legislation was introduced.
The study found that there were 9.848 fatalities and incapacitating injuries in children between the ages of 4 and 8 over a 10-year period, in addition to finding a decreased rate of death and injuries for children between the ages of 4 and 6 in states that had booster seat laws compared to states without booster seat laws. The study also found a higher reduction in the 7- to 8-year old category.
Also, children between the age of 4 and 6 with only a lap or shoulder belt had a 20 percent increased odds of death or an incapacitating injury when compared to children who were properly restrained in a booster seat.
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