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Precious Cargo: Is Your Child Safe In Their Booster Seat?

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Greensboro, NC -- Summer time is roadtrip time. 

If you have young kids, you know they need to be in a car seat. But what about those kids in between? They're too big for a car seat, but too small for just a seat belt. Those kids have to be in a booster seat.

Just like car seats, booster seats are crash tested too. In video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the child-dummy is properly restrained, but still projects forward in the crash! 

Booster seats have restraint guidelines:

  • The belt should be down and flat across the child's lap
  • It should not ride up on their stomachs
  • The shoulder belt should sit right on their shoulder
  • It should not slide down or touch them on the neck

Other helpful guidelines:

-- Once the kids get a certain age, they like the freedom of not being in a seat. In North Carolina, kids MUST be in a booster seat if they're less than eight years old AND weigh less than 80 pounds. 

-- Once they reach eight, or once they're 80 pounds, the car's seat belt is okay. For example, if they're six and 81 pounds, they don't need the booster seat. 

Remember, the state says the driver is responsible for all children in a vehicle under 16. So if you get pulled over, you could be charged with failure to secure a child in a seat belt.
Thats a $238 ticket.

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