Here's Everything Parents Should Know About Car- and Booster-Seat Safety
Motor-vehicle deaths have been on the decline since 1975, but crashes still cause one out of every four unintentional injury deaths in children under the age of 13, and they remain the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, using seat belts (as well as age- and size-appropriate car seats) reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Even though all 50 states and the Washington DC have their own child-restraint laws, the American Academy of Pediatrics has its own car-safety recommendations for children of all ages. Read on for everything parents should know about car- and booster-seat safety.