Study: Nine in 10 Parents Move Children from Booster Seat to Seat Belt Too Soon

Safe Kids Worldwide report made possible in part by $2-million GM Foundation grant

2014-09-16


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DETROIT – As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14-20), Safe Kids Worldwide today released a study that finds nine out of 10 parents take children out of car booster seats before they are tall enough.

The report, “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” funded in part by a $2-million grant from the General Motors Foundation, also finds seven out of 10 parents do not know a child should be at least 57 inches (4-foot-9-inches) tall to ride in a car without a booster seat.

“Car seats, booster seats and seat belts are engineered to offer more protection than ever,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But we found there’s a need to remind parents, and anyone who drives a child, about the importance of using a booster seat until a child is at least 57 inches tall and weighs between 80-100 pounds.”

The study is based on a national online survey of 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10.

“We’re committed to our partnership with Safe Kids and the work we do to improve child passenger safety,” said Jeffrey Boyer, General Motors vice president for Safety and GM Foundation board member. “All who share a commitment to protecting passengers should take pride in the progress that’s been achieved. However, this report is an important reminder that there’s more we can do to ensure that children are buckled up correctly on every ride, every time.”

Throughout the week, including “National Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 20, Safe Kids coalitions will partner with Chevrolet and other GM dealerships across the country to host more than 600 events to ensure children are fitted with the proper seat and to check that child safety seats are installed correctly in the vehicle.

About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide a global non-profit organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost all of these tragedies are preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 25 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 56 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

While this child is properly restrained in a booster seat, Safe Kids Worldwide released a study today revealing nine in 10 parents move their kids from booster seats to seat belts too soon.

While this child is properly restrained in a booster seat, Safe Kids Worldwide released a study today revealing nine in 10 parents move their kids from booster seats to seat belts too soon.

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