Effectiveness of Booster Seats Investigated
[Source: Science Daily]
Anderson recently published two studies that investigated booster seats. One looked at their effectiveness relative to seat belts alone among children ages 8 to 12 in Washington. The other asked if booster seats were more effective than car seats or seat belts alone at reducing traffic fatalities among children ages 2 to 9 across the nation. I
Despite their differences in scope, the studies came to the same conclusion regarding fatal injuries “over and over and over again,” said Anderson, an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics in the College of Agriculture.
“All three forms of restraint appear equally effective at reducing the likelihood of fatality,” Anderson said. “There was even some evidence that booster seats may be the least effective form of restraint for children 2 to 5 years old.”
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