A recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the belt fit of many booster models. A booster should route the lap belt flat across a child’s upper thighs, position the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder, and consistently fit this way in a variety of vehicles. The IIHS has revised its evaluation system since its prior report from 2008.
Economist Steven Levitt and author Stephen Dubner teamed up to analyze and challenge a variety of economic beliefs and practices, including a cost-to-value comparison of add-on CRs versus seat belts. Their 2005 book, Freakonomics, raised many questions, and the pair even wrote a paper on their analysis (though it was never published in a peer-reviewed journal). Their new sequel, SuperFreakonomics, expands on the earlier theme with additional assertions that further challenge the value of CRs for children over age two.
A new analysis of Partners for CPS (PCPS) data reaffirms that boosters are an important step in providing protection to child passengers. The research input was more complete than previously published studies, and the results still prove that belt-positioning booster (BPB) use is more protective than seat belts alone. Children ages 4 to 8 using BPBs were 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries than those using just the vehicle seat belt.
Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not keep data on how often passengers are injured by loose items in vehicles, such as unsecured booster seats, these injuries do occur. Two such incidents made headlines in Wisconsin in the past couple years. While not fatally injured, both victims still suffer from lingering effects due to their injuries.
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