Booster seats safety raises concerns

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(NBC) Injury risks from car crashes have decreased significantly among infants and toddlers but new research suggests more needs to be done to ensure the safety of those children who are using booster seats.

Researchers from Michigan analyzed data from over 4-thousand car seat inspections and found that only 11 percent of those inspections included children ages 4 to 7 who were using booster seats.

Nearly a third of those children who did have their booster seats inspected left in a safer restraint than when they arrived.

Authors of the study say caregivers often find these seats less complicated than infant seats – which could lead to improper usage.

Experts suggest that safety technicians provide more education and guidance to parents on the extended use of booster seats.

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