The journal Pediatrics just released a new study which compared the car accident injury rate among New York children before and after car booster seats were mandated for children between the ages of 4 and 7.
A child booster seat law went into effect in New York State in March of 2005. The study showed that the rate of car accident injuries in the 4 to 6 year old age group dropped by 18% after the booster seat law went into effect. Before the law went into effect, only 29% of 4-6 year old children were strapped into booster seats. After the law went into effect, usage went up to 50%.
Booster seats were designed for children who have outgrown traditional car seats but need to be raised in a position so that lap and shoulder belts correctly fit across the shoulder and hips.
In Washington state, a Child Restraint Law went to effect on June 1, 2007. The Washington state law requires children under the age of 8 years old to be in a booster seat unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller. The fine for improperly securing a child starts at $112.
Proper car seats are crucial for car safety. Last week, three children ages 2, 5, and 7 were injured –, one critically — in a Mount Vernon car accident. None of the children were properly secured in child safety seats. on the same day, a 5-year-old child was critically injured after being ejected from a vehicle in Toppenish rollrover car accident; in this case as well, the child was not properly restrained.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.