Carpooling parents are much more likely to neglect booster seat laws, leaving their children exposed to the risk of injuries in an accident.
A study by researchers from the University Of Michigan found that more than 30% of parents do not bother to enforce booster seat belt laws, when they’re part of a carpool. These are parents who would otherwise make sure that the children are safely restrained in booster seats in the family car. However, when the child is being picked up as part of a carpool, there is lowered adherence to booster seat laws.
The primary reasons for this are a lack of time and overcrowding. According to the researchers, it’s understandable for parents to be pressed for time when they are part of a carpool. However, parents must understand that their child is at a much higher risk of being seriously injured or killed in an accident when he is not in a booster seat.
In Hawaii, children from the age of 4 through 7 are required to be safely restrained in a booster seat. However, many pediatricians and Hawaii personal injury lawyers now recommend that booster seats be used until the child reaches 8 years of age.
Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for American children, although those numbers have been declining because of increased use of infant car seats and booster seats. Children may have little protection from seatbelt systems. In fact, a child may actually be at risk of being injured when he’s buckled in using seatbelts. Seatbelts are designed for adult bodies, and can cause internal damage to a child when the car is involved in an accident.