It was reported in the recent news that child injuries have substantially come down after the booster seat law came up in New York . Requiring the children to be strapped to the car booster seats, the law helped reducing the rate of injuries quite substantially.
Systems Followed in US
Systems followed in United States today is as follows.
• Most of the states require that the children those have outgrown the traditional car seats; must use the booster seat.
• Such booster seat will raise the child high enough so that the car seatbelts are positioned properly.
• Shoulder straps of the booster seat are placed across the shoulder and not across the neck.
• Lap belt of the booster seat is placed across the hips.
Benefits of Booster Seats
Research and studies have shown that booster seats protect the children against crashes. However, the recent research that has been reported in the journal Pediatrics is the first that would compare injury rates that occurred before and after the use of booster seats. Drop rate is as high as 18% making a huge difference among the two periods preceding and following the implementation of the laws.
Features of the New Rule
• Beginning with March 2005, New York State has now made it mandatory for the children in the age group of 4-6 to ride in car booster seat.
• Whether they are riding in car booster seat at the front end or rear end of the car; the use of such seats is mandatory.
• A comparison of injuries suffered by children in the said age group two years before implementation of the rules and two years after indicated that there was marked reductions in the rate of injuries.
• Injuries came down from 29 to 25 within the said time span of around 3-4 years.
Law Deserves Commendations
According to the United States Government State Department, the law deserves commendation.
Just before the law was put in place, nearly 29% of the children who were strapped to booster seats suffered from injuries due to crash. Another important point to note is that no such reduction in the rate of injuries in the rank of children below the age of 4 years was noticed. For such children the New York booster seat law was not applicable.
All these facts are clear indication of the fact as to how the booster seats are effective in reducing the risk of injuries for the children.