The National Transportation Safety Board found Arizona to be one of the 21 states whose booster seat laws are not up to the standard set in 1996 (KPHO 9/13/10). As parents and Arizona car accident attorneys, we want to be above and beyond the minimum standard for child passenger safety.
The recommendation from the NTSB in 1996 states that children must ride in booster seats from the time they are 40 pounds up until they are eight years old or 4 ft, 9 in tall. Without a booster seat, children are at risk of more serious injury should there be an accident. The seat is designed to raise a child so the seatbelt fits them properly.
Luckily, there is a wider selection of booster seats available for parents to choose from today. Tests done in 2009 found that children between 4 and 8 in a booster seat were 45% less likely to have serious injuries in a crash than those who rode without (KPHO 9/8/10). The top rated seats are manufactured by: Harmony Juvenile Products and Dorel Juvenile Group. Other seats from Britax, Clek, Combi, Evenflo, and Recaro are also highly rated. The study did not recommend 8 of the evaluated seats. More information on booster seat ratings can be found at www.iihs.org.
Without a booster seat, your child could be at risk of more serious injury in a crash. Proper safety belt fit should be across a child’s thighs and midsection, not against the neck, falling off the shoulder, or riding up on the stomach. Not all booster seats are manufactured correctly, and could pose injury to your child. If your child has been injured due to a faulty booster seat in an accident, please contact us as fellow parents and car accident attorneys. We may be able to help. We offer free consultations by calling (480) 753-4534.