Booster seats a bigger boon for older children
Study recommends that 6- and 7-year-olds should be legally required to use booster seats.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that states with stringent booster-seat laws recorded fewer child deaths, with the "strongest association" occurring among children ages 6 to 7.
The authors of the new study recommend changes to the current legislation. "Future legislative efforts should extend current laws to children aged 6 to 7 years," they wrote.
In the meantime, Paul said the rule of thumb for considering a booster seat is a child's size.
"Regardless of the law, kids under 4-foot-9 or under 80 pounds should probably be in a booster," Paul said.
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