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Car Safety: Backless Booster Risky for Kids

by Tanya Thomas on  June 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A UK study has revealed that backless booster seats pose a threat to the lives of children.

About half of the children aged 4-12 years have a risk of side-on car collisions, the study found.
 Car Safety: Backless Booster Risky for Kids
Car Safety: Backless Booster Risky for Kids
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The survey concluded that 17 percent children did not use car seats at all.

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The poll was conducted to mark the launch of Child Safety Week.

Another 30 per cent used backless booster cushions that meet legal requirements but offer less protection than full-sized child car seats in side-on crashes.

"Every year in the UK, around 30 children under 12 years old are killed while travelling in cars, and a further 300 are seriously injured. Kids might pile the pressure on parents not to have to sit in a full-sized car seat when they get a bit older, but it could mean the difference between life and death," the Scotsman quoted Chief executive Peter Vicary Smith as saying.

"Nobody who has seen the footage of a side-impact collision on our website would choose to use a backless booster seat," he added.

"While they're better than using no car seat at all, they simply don't provide enough protection," Smith added.

Source: ANI
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