Outdated Parenting Advice: When Your Mother Doesn’t Know Best

Car seats aren’t that important, and we never had booster seats (1/6)

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Car seats aren’t that important, and we never had booster seats (1/6)

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If your mother is telling you car seats aren’t the most important thing in the world, it may very well be because, when she was raising you, they weren’t. It wasn’t until the '60s and '70s that child restraint seats for cars even existed. Even then, it took another 10-15 years for states to start passing any laws requiring them. In 1978, Tennessee was the first state to mandate their use by law, and by 1988 every single state had followed suit. Today, all 50 states have child restraint laws, many of which also have specific requirements for young children to remain in a booster seat until ages 7 or 8. 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.

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