Parents often skip booster seats when carpooling, U-M study finds
Many parents who regularly put their children in booster seats often don’t insist on them when carpooling, a University of Michigan study finds.
Gabriella Mayrend strapped into her booster seat in the car 2010
“Practical barriers,” such as limited vehicle space and difficulty making arrangements with other drivers are likely to blame for the failure to use the seats, U-M researchers said.
Results of the study were published online today in the journal Pediatrics.
Booster seats are recommended for children who have outgrown regular child car seats, typically around age 4.
Most state laws require children to use a booster seat, many until children are 8 years old, U-M said. National recommendations encourage the use of booster seats until a child reaches 57 inches, the average height of an 11-year-old.