March 4th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Booster seat laws: what you need to know

The Georgia senate passed a bill on Thursday that raises child car seat requirements in that state to include all children younger than age 8, with an exemption for those younger than 8 that are at least 4 feet and 9 inches tall, and weigh at least 40 pounds. Parents will be fined $50 if they don't comply. Georgia's House passed a similar bill earlier in the week.

Although many parents don't take issue with the recommendations, some are weighing in and calling House Bill 279 a "nanny bill" and a "waste of lawmaking time."  In a blog posted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, several parents voiced their support of the bill, whiles others asked “don’t our elected officials have anything better to debate?”

Georgia is actually one of many states with increased child restraint legislation. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), at least 20 other states have laws requiring children under age 8 to remain in a booster seat, with two states Nevada and Wyoming having laws to include children under age 9.

According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14, with 32% of fatalities involving children who were unrestrained.

Transportation safety officials say putting your child in car seats reduces their risk of dying in a car crash by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars.

“The important thing for parents to understand is that this is about safety,” explains Michele Fields of the IIHS. “Children should never ride unrestrained.” Fields says to remember 3 key things when you are prepping your child for a car ride:


When children are seated in the rear of the car, with their backs against the seat, if their knees do not bend naturally, then they are not yet ready to sit in the car without a car seat.

.- The belt should be fitted low on the child's abdomen. This protects their abdominal cavity from injury.

- The shoulder strap of the seatbelt should not cut against their neck. It should cross their torso between the neck and shoulder.

If you’re in the process of looking for the right car seat for your child, the IIHS has a status report which includes a comparison of booster seats and which works best for your car, and here here’s a breakdown of the general requirements based on your child’s age.

INFANT SEAT: infants remain in this seat until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

TODDLER SEAT: for toddlers from age 1 to age 4 who are between 20- 40 lbs.

BOOSTER SEAT: for children from about age 4 to at least age 8, or until the child reaches 4'9"

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  1. Jeannette

    Parents that can't be bothered to take the time to buckle their precious cargo into the proper safety seat shouldn't be allowed to have them. Your child can't make the decision to be safe, they aren't aware of the danger. You are. Buckle them in, slow down, leave the cell phone off and make your child your number one priority. It takes less than a minute and you are teaching your child that being safe is important. Just think about all those teenagers that could be alive today if their parents had taught them the importantance of seat belts.

    March 4, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      "Shouldn't be allowed to have them?" Who the heck are you to say such a thing? May I remind you that children do not belong to the state or the "society", as you seem to think you speak for?

      To me, you sound like one of those control-freak slowpokes who enjoy holding back an entire column of traffic while they drive well below the speed limit and will tell you how "safe" you were if you call them on it.

      Why don't you just solve part of the difficulty by staying off the road entirely, Jeanette? You don't seem to have any problem demanding that the rest of us emulate your halo-studded example.

      "All about safety" you said...how revealing. Life ISN"T all about safety, dear. I'm tired of social-policy Nazis of varying stripes, and "safety" Nazis are the worst.


      March 4, 2011 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
    • John in NY


      And you sound like one of those morons will will tailgate some because they driving the speed limit meanwhile you'll have a cup of coffee in one hand and your cellphone in the other while screaming how unsafe the guy driving the car 1' in front of you is.

      As for the rest of your drivel, imagine how dare people be concerned about children and trying to reduce the number of children killed in car accidents! I mean if we want our kids slamming into the windshield when we spike the brake doing 90 mph that's our business!

      March 4, 2011 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Jim, are you one of those rednecks that lets their kids ride in the back of pick up trucks? You sure sound like it with that rude remark. I agree with Jeannette. If you can't take the time to take care of your kids, don't have them.

      March 4, 2011 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
    • Radioisotope

      The ironic thing is, you probably support abbortion.

      July 19, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • jason

      @Jim, In fact the state is ultimate legal guardian of all children. If you don't take care of your kids, the state is responsible for taking them away and making sure they are cared for. The state compels parents to do all sorts of things for their kids. We have to educate them, bring them to the doctor and, by law, buckle them properly into their car seats.

      April 8, 2013 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • Inge-lise the dane

      I have such x-daugter in law who refuse to put my grand daughter in a booster seat ! She is only four years old! How can I stop this madness?

      April 22, 2015 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
  2. patsybronx

    While I always buckled my kids in, and insisted that any children riding with us do the same, I wonder about that height requirement. I'm small, and I didn't reach that height until I was about 10. Of course, back in those dark ages, not only were there no car seats, there were no seatbelts!

    I know a number of adults who wouldn't pass that requirement. Is there a reason for that specific measurement?

    March 4, 2011 at 08:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A scientist

      These height cutoffs have been set largely due to lobbying by the car seat industry as a way to increase car seat usage. As discussed below by a couple commenters, there is absolutely no evidence supporting the value of booster seats after the toddler years. When crash tests have been done modeling the effects of booster seats for kids after their toddler years, no benefit has been seen (this is discussed in the book SuperFreakanomics).

      The claim is that below this height cutoff, seat belts ride too high across a child's chest. Again, the evidence does not support that this is a problem. And, even if a parent is concerned about the seat belt riding too high, there are cheaper and less invasive options than booster seats - specifically, one can buy seat belt adjusters/positioners that lower the belt across a child's chest.

      March 4, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Patsy, I too don't understand the height requirements. My mother is only 4 foot 10, so just barely over the height limit, and she's 60.

      March 4, 2011 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
    • CT

      I think the height requirement is just taken as an average for a child of that age. You can't go by weight alone since there are obviously plump children that will reach the weight of an eight year old without having the height and skeletal development of one.

      March 4, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
    • height, not age

      It has more to do with height. They should be making the law for height, not age. Usually, seatbelt in the back seat are not adjustable, which means that they are usually made for large adult bodies, not children. Car manufacturers assume that you will be using a car seat if there is a child in the back. The points at which the car seat squeezes small bodies is usually soft tissue with delicate organs underneath. The force from a crash could make the seatbelt squeeze a small body's internal organs so that the person would need a colostomy bag for the rest of their lives. The seatbelt can actually do you harm if it is not meant to fit your body. What the booster seat does is help place the seatbelt on the lower portion of your abdomen around your hips so that it's not squeezing internal organs. It also makes sure that it isn't hitting at your neck. Sometimes the seatbelt can be so uncomfortable for a child that he/she places the shoulder portion behind his/her back, which is really dangerous in a crash. If the shoulder portion is not used, the upper body flies forward, hitting whatever is in front, and the lower body is hurt by the lap portion of the seatbelt. And for those that are saying, well we didn't use them when I was a kid. Are you serious or just pretending to be really stupid?

      January 29, 2012 at 21:55 | Report abuse |
  3. Jenn

    If what they are saying is true about childhood obesity, then there is really no issue here, is there? Our fat American kids should have reached the weight goal by the time they hit 3 years old!

    March 4, 2011 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. A Mom

    Good! In my opinion the fine should be HIGHER though! Just because it was "good enough" in the good old days, doesn't mean that we haven't become smarter about. Plus its just more comfortable for kids to not have the seat belt digging into your neck (and that is exactly where it is going to impact a child in a car accident). Don't be dumb, protect your kids.

    March 4, 2011 at 09:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dred

      Before everyone jumps on this band wagon, you need to do your home work. The use of Booster seats in child above the age of 4 most likely increases the likely hood of injury.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    I think it is ridiculous. They want to talk about safety for children. Most kids will start riding the bus to school starting around first grade, and will spend more time on a school bus during the week than in a parental vehicle. Yet, last time I saw, a school bus didn't require seatbelts, nor booster seats. Are children going to have to start carrying their booster seat with them to school everyday on the bus? Not to mention, what else are kids doing at the ages of 4-14 that would warrant them being killed? Vehicular slaughter is most prominent in people's eyes merely because it is something that they can put a financial burden on parents to do something about. Not to mention, booster seats typical raise the child to a taller height when sitting down. This may help allow the seatbelt to fit better. However, by raising the child up (and causing them to sit slightly forward off the back of the seat), it offsets their weight balance in the seat and causes more issues. If they want children to be safer in vehicles, they should require car manufacturers to start putting either adjustable seatbelts that can be adjusted down to a child's height when sitting, or put child seatbelts in vehicles that are already at the lower height and possibly with better padding and coverage to help protect the sternum of the child in the event of a crash.

    March 4, 2011 at 09:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rosie

      I agree. I never understood why school buses don't at least have seat belts. If you would get a ticket for not having your first grader in a booster seat with a seat belt on, why is it okay for them to go without both on a school bus.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:58 | Report abuse |
    • Health Teach

      School buses are designed to provide a "padded box of safety" within their seats. (Seats are much higher now than they used to be, which unfortunately causes most kids under 5th or 6th to not be able to see over them and get bus sickness or sit in the isle to see out so they don't thus deleting the box of safety effect, but I digress...) The theory–and truth–of the matter is that only properly used seat belts are safe. In fact, improperly used seat belts can actually cause more damage than being unrestrained. Buses don't have seat belts because there is no way for one driver to monitor whether all kids are buckled at all times while actually driving and monitoring behavioral issues. Besides that, buses sit much higher off the ground and their frames are different than a passenger car or SUV.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • Dadaddy

      I am a parent and i buckle my kids up. the main reason there are no seatbelts required in the bus and no car/booster seats being required is that the state and local govs dont have the money to install them on every bus. not to mention the fact that they would also have to supply the car and booster seats. The busses are not really that much safer, they are just not in as many accidents as cars.

      March 4, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      I use to work for a preschool and drove the bus" which included children up to the age of 12" on our bus we had to have all the children under the age of 9 in 5piont harness set belts. The local police would acutaly pull us over to check if they were properly restrained. So I don't understand why public schools don't have to have seat belts, when we had to.
      A's for kids in booster seats I have three children one of which is almost nine, we had her in a booster seat till she was almost eight and I finally took her out of it because her head stuck way above the back of the seat and I was afraid she would break her neck if we ever got in an accident. I feel 6 I a good age to take the booster/car seat away.
      And as for the seat belt issue I am short myself and I have yet to find a car that the seat doesn't hit me in the neck. Ever with the a juster.

      March 4, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
  6. Mandy

    How about extending the rear facing child laws til age 2 – 3? So much research has proven that childrens' spinal columns are strong enough to withstand a rear impact while front facing until about age 2.5... yet we allow parents to flip the child at 1. Think I'm lying then Google internal decapitation in children... Extended rear facing is the safest option, albeit not the most convenient option.

    March 4, 2011 at 09:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Young Parent

      My child is only 8 months old, tall for her age, and her feet already hit the seat back when sitting in the rear-facing position. We will keep her rear-facing to 1 year of age, as recommended, but there is no way she could sit rear-facing to 2 or 3 years of age. Her legs would be completely scrunched up because there is not enough room for a child of that height.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • Mom to a tall toddler

      My daughter will be 3 in August and I plan to keep her rear facing as long as possible. Yes her feet touch the back of the chair, guess what she has these things called knees that allow her to bend her legs. I'd rather a broken leg over a broken spine any day! IT'S SO MUCH SAFER GO GOOGLE THE VIDEOS AND RESEARCH.

      I'm shocked at all the ignorant comments on here.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      My 19 month old is in the 98% for height and she is still rear facing. She bends her legs and we go about our way. Do your research – I don't care how tall your child is, if you turn him/her around before their spinal column is fully fused, they are at serious risk for internal decapitation in a rear or front crash. There are dozens of studies, hundreds of crash test videos online showing this. Almost every other developed country understands this and have laws in place to prevent these needless deaths. Again – the information is out there and easy to find.

      March 4, 2011 at 12:16 | Report abuse |
    • Young Parent

      @Mom to a tall toddler, guess what it's this thing called politeness that allows you to not offend people.

      Head injuries are the most common serious injuries sustained by children in motor vehicle crashes. (Traffic Inj Prev. 2011 Feb;12(1):62-70.) The incidence of pediatric spine injury in motor collisions is much, much lower. (Injury. 2009 Aug;40(8):864-7. Epub 2009 Apr 17.) Furthermore, the use of restraints appeared to have no bearing on the spine injury, so you are probably right about the rear-facing position being the major factor. Still, the incidence of child spine injury is so low that trauma surgeons rarely even see it.

      While your concerns are certainly valid, this type of injury is extremely rare and often accompanied by traumatic brain injury to boot. Given the statistics, I think the AAP guidelines are sufficient for the large majority of motor vehicle crashes. I'm sure pediatricians would applaud your efforts, but you shouldn't belittle others who are following AAP guidelines. Also, for the record, Pubmed.org is a much better source than google, the publications are all peer-reviewed.

      March 4, 2011 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
  7. Canuck

    This has been the law in Canada for years. Really, what's the issue? Just strap them in and know that you've done everything t you can to keep them safe.

    March 4, 2011 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. guy

    Glad to hear of the child car seat reg's...we have it in Canada and it's saved many weeeee ones...keep your kids close and protect fiercely:)

    March 4, 2011 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JAB

    I really can't stand laws like these that use age as a criterion. I am glad that they exempt larger kids, but why specify an age at all? My oldest son is 8, 4'10" and 100 lbs. He looks like he is 12. I am all in favor of these types of laws, since too many parents don't oversee the safety of their children. But age has absolutely no bearing on this situation, so why specify an age at all?

    March 4, 2011 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A Mom

      I think you answered your own question. "since too many parents don't oversee the safety of their children". If they don't put something hard and fast like an age, most parents are going to overlook it. Its easier to enforce if you have an age and then a caveat weight/height limit.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
  10. Colleen

    My only question is this: I'm 5'4" tall, and seatbelts cut across my neck in every car I've evern rode/driven in. I'm clearly over 4'9" tall. What can I do about that? Car manufacturers design seatbelts and other safety equipment based on a man over 6' tall, not the rest of the population. And for the record, Florida has laws like this as well, but very few people actually know about them and don't follow them. It's infuriating.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ang

      I am in total and complete agreement with you.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
    • Luke Somers

      Look into a seatbelt positioner. You will be much safer.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Blow

    Here in Ontario the law was recently changed for booster seats. It is now 8 years or 80lbs, whichever comes first. There is no height requirement to my knowledge.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cata

    It's not the weight requirement that's important but the height. The reason for the booster seats is that a child under that height will not fit properly in the shoulder strap seat belt because it's designed for adults. The school bus has lap belts. As far as the whole keeping the infant seat rear facing until age 2 thing people are proposing – that's silly. Yes, it's marginally safer but there is a very big practical issue here. When the seat is rear facing, there is only a small space to fit the child between the seat and the ceiling of the car. My son is tall. He literally wouldn't be able to get through that space if I waited that long to turn his seat around (not unless you think it's okay that his head would regularly get whacked on the ceiling of the car while trying to squeeze him in). I'm in favor of safety, but not when it flies in the face of logistical reality.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Health Teach

      Just an FYI, very few buses have lap belts anymore as those have been phased-out due to passengers (who WERE properly restrained) becoming paralyzed as their bodies "jackknifed" in a crash. In many states "short buses" have complete lap/shoulder belts due to their weaker frame and lower-slung carriage, but most states don't have any for the larger safer buses at all...

      March 4, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • mw

      Georgia school buses do not have seat belts – at least none in our area do.

      June 16, 2011 at 23:09 | Report abuse |
  13. Cat S.

    Infants really should be in car seats and toddlers probably. And everyone should be in a seat belt. But, I'm not sure I've seen convincing evidence for the older kids in booster seats. The article sites numbers for younger kids when talking about the law but most laws go up to age 7 or 8. It's not been clear whether they actually save lives or reduce major injuries for older kids.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Laws to force consumerism

    Booster seats are a joke! Do people not realize that they just sit there on the bench seat and aren’t even locked down?! While it’s true they do elevate a short child so they can see out the window & not have a shoulder strap irritating their necks I don’t see how they can saves lives. When my son outgrew his 4th and largest car seat we bought him a booster seat. I was totally freaked out that the booster seat didn’t have straps to lock it down onto the seat. I can’t imagine how it would be of any use if we got into an accident! I’m all for the baby car seats and I know of lives they’ve saved but these booster seats are just another way for the lobbyists to get the government to pass a law forcing us to buy their products. I say maybe they should just pass more laws to make cars safer for everyone rather than just making us buy these cheap plastic and foam padded piece of junk that don’t even lock into the car!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I buckle

      it's called a "lap belt" smartie. the holes on either side of the booster, you see them, yes? now put the lap belt into one and out the other. now buckle. there you go! thanks for diluting the gene pool.

      March 6, 2011 at 14:02 | Report abuse |
  15. A scientist

    I wouldn't have a problem with these laws if they were based on sound science. However, while there is good evidence showing that car seats are beneficial for infants and toddlers, there is no evidence that they are helpful beyond that. Notice how the transportation safety officials cited statistics on the benefits of these seats for young kids, but said nothing about older kids. A study was done on this (I believe it was discussed in "SuperFreakonomics") where they did crash test experiments on kids of different ages, and found no benefit for older kids.

    This raises the question, why do we keep increasing the age for mandatory car seats if the evidence does not back it up? I would be curious to see how much money car seat manufactures donated to the politicians involved in this law, or how much they spent lobbying for it. This is the real problem with these "nanny state" laws - very often, they a passed based on corporate lobbying efforts, not based on sound science.

    March 4, 2011 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LS

      Actually, for those of you who say child restraints (especially boosters) aren't necessary, the science IS there. Reports have been published that show car seats and booster seats decrease the risk of fatality and serious injury in crashes. Check out the studies given on the Children Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention website and see for yourself: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/injury/publications/
      As for boosters not being effective because they aren't "locked down"- that is not how they are supposed to function. They are only to help position the child so that the shoulder and lap belt fits them correctly. They do not need to be tied, latched, or locked down in any way, and they will not fly off the seat or out of the car if the child is sitting on it correctly, as their weight will keep it on the seat.
      If you wish to see this legislation only as a way for companies to make money and the government to control people then go ahead, keep being ignorant. I on the other hand will choose to look at the research and see that car seats and booster seats save lives and urge everyone to keep their children in the appropriate child restraints.
      And just in case you think I am not qualified in making these statements, I deal with these issues everyday as part of my job- educating about traffic and highway safety issues like child passenger safety.

      March 4, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      LS: Calling people ignorant because they disagree with your position does nothing to move the conversation forward. If you actually read the studies that you linked, you will see a couple of major problems:

      1. The proposed mechanism by which booster seats help is by changing the angle of the seat belt across a child's chest. There are cheaper (and less invasive) seat belt positioners that do the same thing, yet these studies did not compare positioners to booster seats.

      2. These studies that you cite that demonstrate booster seat benefits are correlative studies, comparing statistics in crashes where booster seats were and were not used. The problem is that it is likely that populations that do and do not use booster seats are different in other ways. One of the studies even provides evidence for this possibility, saying that parents who use booster seats tend to drive newer cars, tend to be involved in less serious accidents, and are less likely to be involved in side impact crashes. While the study notably does try to account for these variables in their analysis, it is impossible to account for all externalities. Therefore, such correlative studies are a good starting point, but not definitive. More definitive would be actual crash test data, where all other variables can be controlled. I am only aware of one study that did this (again, comparing booster with cheaper belt positioners), and it showed no effect. Do you know of other, contradictory studies? If so, I would be curious to read them.

      March 4, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
  16. dan

    I have no problem with car seat laws for infants and toddlers. Unfortunately the science is just not there for children. Car seats have proven to not make any difference what so ever in the fatality rate for children. They do however make a huge difference for toddlers and infants under 3-4 years old.

    Notice how the statistics were cited and provided for infants and toddlers but not kids. If they had provided the numbers for kids over 4, it would have shown that it makes no difference. Of course car seat manufacturer and even car seat certification labs make a killing off of these mandatory laws.

    Anyone wanting an interesting an entertaining read should check out superfreakonics from your local library. There is a whole chapter just on car seats for kids and what the data actually shows. Interesting stuff.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mw

      I agree – then there will be people going off the wrong end, putting kids in car seats that they are to big for and the child will be decapitated in a car accident. Then there will be a lawsuit, more tax money etc etc. America land of the taxed and regulated!

      June 16, 2011 at 23:07 | Report abuse |
  17. babybear

    Don't risk your child's life. Be a parent.

    March 4, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Vera

    Alcohol increases one's risk of contracting breast cancer. Take a look at this article: http://www.breasthealthandhealing.com/media/archives/StabroekNewsCancerCampaign011210.html

    March 4, 2011 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. johana

    We use high back inflatable car seats for our 4 and 5 year old kids, i can highly recommend them. Does the job of lifting the child up so the seat belt fits correctly without cutting in their neck and when deflated it fits in our handbag anywhere we go. (weighs as much as a pineapple)

    March 5, 2011 at 07:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mw

      Pineapples are pretty heavy.

      June 16, 2011 at 23:08 | Report abuse |
  20. Carl

    Funny, my wife, her mother, her grandmother, and my friends wife should still be in car seats. They are all under four feet nine inches, and they legs do not hang “naturally"when seated as described.
    Now i agree that parents should be responsible, but note I said parents should be reasonable not the govt'. Of course if parents do something dangerous involving their kids there is always child endangerment legislation.
    I have for kids which are my life... That said i am annoyed by the incessant needs of safety nazi's, the govt', and others such as the humane society, homeowners assoc, etc. to be in my business. If you want to drive slow, under thee posted speed limit, then you should get cited. How many wreaks happen because some cars came around a corner, or over a rise in the road, and rear ended a slow moving car. So if every one is moving at the same pace except for you, you are not doing it out of safety you are doing it out of need for control. and you officially suck.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mw

      Carl – You go! Excellent post! Where the heck did all these nazi idiots come from and can't we ship them somewhere else??

      June 16, 2011 at 23:06 | Report abuse |
  21. mw

    more regulations by lobbyists that are sucking the life out of us in washington. The best thing to do is have a child sit in the back seat with the seat belt on. Yes on infant seats, yes on toddler seats, but over 5 years old? Are you serious? Sounds to me like someones pockets being lined with cash....................

    June 16, 2011 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Matt B

    “The important thing for parents to understand is that this is about safety"

    GIVE ME A BREAK! This is about another way to fine people. I can't stand liars. Sure it sounds nice to protect children, which is why this guise was chosen in order to fine people. 7 year olds can be pretty big. Besides, where I live you will lose every time you go to traffic court to try to fight a charge. They like their money, even if it means lying, cheating, and stealing.

    July 13, 2011 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Alison1968

    I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION! – But first off, I think most backless booster seats suck! I have wasted time buying and returning them, they are uncomfortable, and they slide around on my leather car seats. If I make my own car seat for my child, which elevates him correctly, has a rubber backing so it does not slide around, and positions the straps, is this "legal". If I am hit by someone else, and my child is injured, will I be breaking the law, because my seat was not "approved by the safety Nazis". Do I have any legal rights to sue someone who injured my child, because he was not restrained in an 'approved seat??

    August 29, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. http://boosterseatrequirementsguide.info/

    well in my opinion i think that evenflo is much better for kids cause it is comfortable and high back my kids love this

    September 26, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. aeysha

    My 6monthold son is in the 98% for height and is 20 lbs (his daddy is a big guy, 6'4 260, so don't be thinking he is an overweight child) but I was wondering, his feet already touch the back seat. Should I turn him around? I kno GA law says not to put them in a toddler chair till 1 yr and at least 20lbs, is that either or? Im just wondering....

    October 3, 2011 at 09:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Leigh Bradley

    Seriously? I DID ride in the back of pick up trucks when I was a kid and me and my friends managed to make it to aulthood! Man, booster seats for an 8 year old? SERIOUSLY? The car seat manufacturers are laughing all the wayto the bank you morons. How about car manufactures making adjutable seat belts instead? Can't be that difficult...

    January 20, 2012 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Celine

    Car accidents are the leading cause of injury, acquired disability and death for children under 12 years of age. Seat belts were designed for average adult sized men. Seat belts do not fit children. Period. Thousands of kids every year are injured by an ill fitting seat belt and many children are killed. The 8 year old law is a terrible law because it still doesn't sufficiently protect kids- Many 8 years still do not fit the adult seat. Most kids reach 4 feet 9 inches until the child is between 10-12 years of age. Also, car seat manufacturers make seats that parents want- for example, since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations to rear face until at LEAST age 2, car seat manufacturers have been making higher weight convertible car seats. If you were to forward face a child before age 2, I guarentee that your child will break his/her neck! A broken neck! This may not necessairly mean death, but your child may be paralyzed for the rest of his/her life! The Swedish rear face their children until they are 4 or 5 years of age, depending on when the child has hit the maximum weight of their rear facing car seat. They have car seats with rear facing limits up to 55 lbs! They acquire this high weight limit by have a support leg and 2 tethers to support a taller and heavier child. United States manufacturers will not change their crash test sleds to allow for these higher weight limits. Also, US standards only allow the car seat to be supported by the seat belt or lower anchors. Any tethering must NOT be required, but can be supplemented.

    A school bus is super large- if the bus was to get into a crash it would "win". There are many kids injured while getting on and off the bus- people need to stop for kids when red lights are flashing. Better educating children about danger zones of school buses and parents to can decrease deaths from school buses. Seat belts on buses could also impair rescue personel from reaching the child. If the bus was on its side or upside down a child would be unable to press down on the buckle release- people just don't understand that when the seat belt locks, it locks in SUPER tight.

    Furthermore, when parents say, "My child is too big for a booster/ rearfacing/ car seat!"
    Do you know how to determine if a car seat is outgrown? Are you a Child Passenger Safety Technician?

    Do some research you idiots. If your kids get into an accident- the police and doctors will tell you that injury or death could have been prevented.

    March 17, 2012 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Okay, first off, here in Oregon, it seems that the government seem to do the most damage. I have seen someone on methamphetamines keep their kids after being investigated and someone who smoked pot lose their kids, and after following the express instructions of the same government officials who took this person's child hand that same child to a parent on methamphetamines instead of the parent who did all that was required. The state should not be the ones to control or "protect", as you seem to think, our children. Did you hear about the child in Oregon who was given to an aunt in Mexico, instead of the grandmother in Oregon who died within a month of being handed over to the family member in Mexico?

    It is our responsibility to protect our children and some people may have different ideas about that. Either way it is our responsibility, not the government to decide what is best for the child. I agree that some people do not ensure their child is safe, and that something should be done but government officials do not care about the impact to the child they are "supposedly" helping. I'm part of a group that is trying to help other families in the same position. The state does not have a child's best interest in mind. When a family member is willing to help care for the child, but did idiotic things in their past, even six years old, it doesn't matter, they are unfit even if they've been doing it since the child was an infant. Each person on here needs to think about what they say.

    Growing up, I bet most of you sat there in rode in the back of the truck or van or whatever without a seat belt, drank out of the hose, went to the park alone, or heck even hung at a park at night. Seems like we're all still here.

    January 4, 2014 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nobody you know

      Duh. The ones who died in accidents or as a result of crimes because they were engaging in behaviors that we now recognize as dangerous aren't here to respond, are they?

      January 4, 2014 at 18:46 | Report abuse |
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    We didn't sit in booster seats in the 80s. Why do today's kids need them?

    February 22, 2014 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
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    quick question, a friend with a 2 yr old baby is coming to visit us in Atl. She doesn't want to bring her car seat, I am afraid of getting a ticket.... any cab/taxi will allow to travel her like this??

    October 27, 2014 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
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