Car seat safety reaches beyond proper installation

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  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    When should kids not need car seats anymore? I suggest the current law (41-6a-1803) which require kids to be in a car seat until the age of 8, or a height of 57", is arbitrary. The law is based on extrapolated numbers of kids hurt in accidents because they were not buckled in. But even then 30 years of data indicates that if a child is in a car seat then there is an 18.2% chance of child's death, if the child is in an adult seat belt the death ratio is 18.1%.

    There has, to my knowledge, been one controlled test in a qualified testing center regarding booster car seats. It tested 3 and 6 year old sized dummies. They were tested at 30mph, both with car booster seats and with only adult seat belts. The results were that the "adult seat belts exceeded every requirement for how a child safety seat should perform."

    We hear and see what we want, sometimes, and the need for a booster seat in a car is one of those feel good things. Based on the test done, booster seats are not safer than adult seat belts.