Parents surveyed about booster seat use when carpooling, inconsistent use found

Booster seat use when carpooling is inconsistent despite safety purposes, researchers determined through a study that surveyed parents with 4- to 8-year-old children and was posted in the February edition of the journal Pediatrics.

A web-based survey of more than 600 parents found that most parents place their child in a safety seat when riding in the family car. However, this was associated with younger child age and with the presence of state booster seat laws.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children ride in the backseat and those 4’9” and under and between 8 and 12 years old should always ride in a booster seat.

The study found:

  • 64% of parents reported that they carpool.
  • 79% of parents who carpool and whose children use a safety seat, indicated that they would always ask another driver to use a booster seat for their child.
  • 55% reported that they always have their child use their booster seat when driving friends who do not have boosters.

Florida does not have a booster seat law. Find out more information here on where to find car seats locally and make sure they are installed correctly.