Motor Vehicle Safety is always important, but the one area that it’s possibly most important is when it comes to keeping our little passengers safe and sound… our children.

Children need to be at least 4’9″ and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds to make the move from a booster seat to riding with just a seat belt. Many kids are between 8 and 12 years old before that happens. I recently learned about a family that knows full well why it is important to resist the temptation to let children move out of a booster seat too soon.

Booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone. And yet, an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use just a seat belt before they are ready. A recent research report released by Safe Kids reveals that seven in 10 parents of children ages 4 to 10 do not know know how big their child needs to be to ride in a car without a booster seat. In practice, nine out of 10 parents move a child from a booster seat to a seat belt too soon.

Booster seats protect children who are too big for a car seat but too small for a seat belt, but only if we use them and make sure they are installed properly. Visit dmv.gov for information on properly installing your child’s booster seat.

Most importantly, be safe out there!

The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir