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Children's Car Seat Usage Drops In Michigan

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(WLNS) - According to a Wayne State University survey, less children are using car and booster seats in Michigan.

In 2011 95 percent of children from birth to 3-years-old were in car seats, but in now that percentage is 93.6.

That number is worse for 4-7-year-olds. A shocking 42.4 percent are in the correct booster seat, down from 43.9 percent in 2011.

According to the director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, children who move to seat belts too early risk injuries because the belts do not fit properly.

Michigan law requires drivers and passengers under 15 to wear a seatbelt while seated in a moving vehicle.

Children must be properly buckled in a car or booster seat until they are 8-years-old or 4-feet, 9-inches tall.

The survey found that children were least likely to be in the correct car or booster seat if riding in a pickup truck, the driver was male, the driver was 60 or older or the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

To read the survey for yourself, including the most common misuses of car and booster seats, visit: 2013 Direct Observation Survey of Child Restraint/Booster Seat Use

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