Study: Parents Ignore Booster Seat Rules in Carpools

A vast majority of parents follow the recommended rules about safety seats, including booster seats for children who have outgrown car seats, but in carpool situations, many provide rides to kids without providing them with booster seats, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found. reports:

The research, conducted by the University of Michigan, found more than 30% of parents do not enforce the rule of booster seats when their kids are with another driver. Investigators also found 45% of parents do not require their little ones to use a booster when they’re driving other children who don’t have booster seats.

“The majority of parents reported that their children between the ages of four and eight use a safety seat when riding in the family car,” says Dr. Michelle Macy, a clinical lecturer of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a pediatrician at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “However, it’s alarming to know that close to 70% of parents carpool, and when they do, they’re often failing to use life-saving booster seats.”

Researchers believe car overcrowding and lack of time to coordinate booster seat switch offs are to blame for the lack of safety for kids in carpooling situations. Some parents seem to look the other way. But it’s against the law, and many don’t understand that.

Image: Girl in a booster seat, via Shutterstock.

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  1. by Aleta

    On February 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Not just against the law but dangerous!!! I bought my nephew a booster for my car because too often his was in his step father’s car and I would not let him ride with out one!! SAFETY FIRST!! I want to watch the little ones in my life grow up!!

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    On February 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I think the feeling is that it’s “only” a mile or two…inconvenient-maybe…but it’s the only way to go. I have various sized seats for my variously aged grandchildren..

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