Yesterday, USAToday posted an article online about how approximately 50% of child car booster seats do not function properly. The article states that nearly half of the 83 seats tested did not fit properly with seat belts, and the article even lists some that parents should avoid altogether. Booster seats are for kids who are too large for car seats. They serve to raise children up to better fit them in seatbelts made for adults. Unfortunately, as our Illinois car accident attorneys read, not all booster seats do this well.
According to the report, when used properly, booster seats reduce the likeliness of a child who has out grown a car seat of getting injured in an accident by almost 50%. However, half of these seats don’t fit well with belts already in the car. Some advocates are upset that there are no safety standard requirements for booster seats, although new ratings are urging manufacturers to create more secure and better fitting seats.
Should a child not be secured properly into a booster seat, they can be tossed around in the car during a crash, and even suffer personal injuries and lacerations from the seat belts themselves. However, they do play a role in protecting children from serious personal injuries. The article notes that the “IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) said states that raised requirements for booster seats to cover children through ages 7 or 8 had 17% fewer fatal or debilitating injuries to booster-seat-age children.” When buying a booster seat, we suggest that you search for a seat that fits both the child, and the specific car.
According to the Washington Post, it is not important for parents to spend time searching for a booster seat with a specific color or features such as a cup holder. Parents instead should really focus on finding the right seat for the child and if it will work safely in all the cars it will be used in. While we still need to be aware of what seat our child is sitting in, booster seat ratings have improved since 2008 and hopefully new studies will bring more awareness that will encourage manufacturers to have higher standards. Be sure to research booster seats before you buy, in order to ensure that they have a “Best Bets” rating.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers hope that all of our readers will check their booster seats in order to ensure the safety of their children. The wrong booster seat can further injure a child should they be involved in an accident, where as the right one can secure them in place safely. If you have been involved in an accident where your child was not held securely due to a faulty booster seat, please contact us to see how we may be able to help you.