Monday, April 15, 2013
NHTSA Survey Shows More Children Riding in Age-Appropriate Restraints
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the results of a new survey that indicates more parents are choosing to keep their children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats longer, instead of transitioning them to seat belts too soon.
The 2011 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats (NSUBS) reports that the number of children ages four to seven riding in only seat belts, instead of car seats and boosters, dropped 7 percent in 2011 to 25 percent, down from 32 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, the use of both car seats and booster seats increased during the same period, suggesting that parents are increasingly following NHTSA recommendations and not graduating their children prematurely to seat belts.
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