New AZ Booster Seat Law Begins:
AUGUST 2nd, 2012 - Affects Children Under Age 8
Until your child is big enough, give ' em a boost!
- On August 2. 2012 a new law will go into effect that requires children under age 8 to be restrained in a booster seat.
- These seat can be found at retail stores that sell car seats for as little as $20.00.
- The purpose of a booster seat is to make the vehicle seat belt fit your child. The child sits on top of the booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt and is then buckled into the car the seat belt over them. By lifting your child up in the booster seat, this makes the seat belt fit correctly.
- Need help? Visit www.SafeKidsMaricopaAZ.org for a technician in your community.
Why a Booster?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between 5 and 8 years old. Many of these children were not properly restrained.
The use of belt-positioning booster seats lowers the risk of injury to children aged 4-8 years by 45 percent compared with the use of seat belts alone.
If the vehicle seat belt is at your child's belly rather than below the hip bones and touching the thighs, the could suffer damage to internal organs and/or a spinal injury if a crash occurs.
This law allows a police officer to stop a car if a child is not seat belted correctly in a child safety seat.