Center for Injury Research and Prevention

booster seats

Best Practice for Car and Booster Seats As Your Child Gets Older

October 20, 2015
A recent Michigan based study reminds us that we need to remain vigilant about proper car seat and booster seat installation for older kids. Read more for resources on helping families learn best practices for child passenger safety in older children.

Buyer Beware: When One Study Contradicts All the Rest

October 29, 2013
A recently published research article seemingly contradicted a body of research supporting belt-positioning booster seats as protective for children in crashes, suggesting instead a higher risk of injury to the neck and thorax for children in boosters as compared to belts alone. Upon further review, there were several methodological concerns with the study, highlighting the significance of taking a critical look at new research, particularly that which contradicts many studies before it.

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Reaching the Remaining 35 Percent of Sub-optimally Restrained Children

June 13, 2013
One in three U.S. children ages 4 through 7 years are still not riding in a child restraint system when they are passengers in motor vehicles, according to the 2011 National Survey on Use of Booster Seats. To better protect these children, we developed and evaluated Boosting Restraint Norms, a community-led social marketing campaign that emerged from a multi-phase line of research conducted at CIRP.

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