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Buy Booster Seat Instead of Chocolates for Your Little Valentine

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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This Valentine’s week, also Child Passenger Safety Week, show your children you love them by providing the proper car seat or booster to keep them safe in case of a motor vehicle crash.

Next month marks the first anniversary of the state’s booster seat law, requiring children, 4- to 6-years-old, use booster seats. Children ages 4 to 8 who use booster seats are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a car crash than children who are restrained only by a safety belt, according to a recent Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study.

The primary goal of Child Passenger Safety Week this year is to remind all parents that their children under 4’9” tall traveling in motor vehicles need to be in a booster seat. It is estimated that 8 in 10 children are not using boosters.

“It can sometimes be a hassle to strap our children into car seats and boosters, but that small annoyance is nothing compared to what can happen if we don’t,” said Anne Brayer, M.D., co-director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and a physician in the emergency department at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. “It’s never worth the chance.”

The Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety holds fitting stations by appointment once a month and partners with outside agencies to hold drive-through car seat checks several times a year. Jean Triest, a traffic safety specialist with the county, said just as important as having a car seat or booster is making sure it is properly installed.

“Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to have the installation checked by a certified technician,” Triest said. “It’ll be 20 minutes out of your busy life, but it could save your child’s life.”

For more information about Child Passenger Safety Week and the proper use of booster seats, visit

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