Another Inconvenient Truth: Booster Seats Should be Used
There are now two reasons for all people who weigh more than 40 pounds
AND are shorter than 4 foot nine inches to be in a booster seat in a car:
- It really could save your life.
- It is now the law in the state of Ohio.
Seats used in cars at any age are not "infant" or "baby" seats. They
have nothing to with being young.
These seats exist for only one purpose, to physically provide a framework
so that a seat and shoulder belt will work.
Nearly all cars are designed for adult-sized people, and so those less than
4 foot nine inches tall need a device to have a seat and shoulder belt work.
All people in a car need to have their pelvis held by a seat belt
and their shoulder held by a shoulder belt.
The reason is that if your pelvis and shoulder are held snugly, the chance
of serious injury during an accident is dramatically reduced.
And so various devices have been made for various sized people, all with
the one purpose of holding the pelvis and shoulder snug while in a car.
- For young infants, the device holds infants 3-20 pounds backwards.
- After one year of age AND being 20 pounds, the device should be
- designed to hold 20-40 or 20-60 pound children facing forward.
- And once you outgrow the 20-40 or 20-60 pound device, you should
- be in a booster seat until you are at least 4 foot 9 inches tall.
In the case of the booster seat, if you are over 40 pounds and shorter than
4 foot 9 inches, your chance of serious injury happening in a car accident
is reduced if you are in a booster seat by 59%!
That means proper use of a booster seat prevents over half of all serious injuries from
There was a time when seat belts, then shoulder belts, then infant car seats were
shunned as inconvenient. Now they are routine.
It is time for us to have all our children who weigh more than 40 pounds and are less
than 4 foot 9 inches tall be in a booster seat when riding in the car.
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