One of the top questions we have as parents is - should my child be in a booster seat?
Did you know...Car accidents are the leading cause of death for all children. Children over four years old are more likely to be injured and killed in an Atlanta car accident than younger children. Why?
Younger children are typically secured properly in vehicles. When older children are buckled up, they are often put in adult seat belts. This can be especially dangerous considering these little bodies don't fit correctly in seat belts made for large adults. In fact, the position of an adult seat belt can cause serious car crash injuries.
Booster seats save lives and reduce injuriesUsing a booster seat reduces the risk of a Georgia car crash injury and death to children age seven and under by nearly 60 percent. Booster seats dramatically reduce the risk of injury to the abdomen and spine by elevating the child so the lap and shoulder belt of the adult seat belt fit the right way.
Currently, children five and under are required to be in a child safety seat or booster seat in Georgia. But, this week, Governor Nathan Deal has signed a bill which will require nearly all children ages seven and under to sit in booster seats while riding in a car in Georgia. The law will not apply to children who are more than four feet, nine inches tall.
The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2011.
For more information about child safety, read our article: "Atlanta Car Crash Lawyer: When Is It Safe For Children To Sit In The Passenger Seat?"