Many are the times people tend to assume the safety of children when in on the road (Honig, 2001). Parents will always buckle up and leave the children unattended to as no one speculates that something could occur in the cause of the journey (Mirza, 2001). Child laws have been put in place to emphasize on the children’s safety by insisting on use of booster seats (Honig, 2001). The booster seats are mostly applicable to children of at least four years of age. It is also a requirement that children weigh forty pounds or more (Mirza, 2001). Parents are advised to always make sure that children use booster seats that have the auto’s laps and shoulder belts (Honig, 2001).
Should anything happen while on road, belt’s positioning seats are the safest and changes of being injured are very slim unless other mistakes occur (Honig, 2001). Booster seats use should be encouraged as they offer passive restraints (Honig, 2001). The booster seats are better placed at the back seat. It would be very dangerous if they were to be positioned at the front, as in case of an accident, the airbag would hurt the child. However, some cars have additional feature that can activate or deactivate the airbag on the front passenger seat if a child is using it.
Booster seats are effective and good to use as they help a child to be firmly held by the seat belt on the collarbone and chest in the best way (Honig, 2001). There are two types of booster seats, the ‘high back’ seat that has capabilities to absorb foam. There is also the no ‘back seat’. They provide stability in case of collisions (Mirza, 2001). It should be the responsibility of every parent to ensure children’s safety is given first priority (Honig, 2001).
Honig, A. S. (2001). Infancy in America: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.
Mirza, F. (2001). Keeping children healthy in body and mind. Edgewater, Fla: Denliner's Publishers.