NADA has created a national awareness campaign, called "Boost for Safety," in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The campaign is designed to bring the issue of booster seat usage to the forefront of public attention.
Car dealerships across America are hosting child seat safety events, as are health clinics and other medical-related fields that have a primary focus on children's health and safety.
A recently released NHTSA study from a nationwide telephone study conducted in 2003 reports these alarming statistics concerning child safety and the use of booster seats:
- Just 21 percent of children aged 4-8 are "at least on occasion" riding in a booster seat while traveling in a vehicle.
- Another 19 percent of children in this age range were restrained "at least on occasion" in a front-facing child safety seat.
- 85 percent of parents and caregivers of young children had heard of booster seats. Among those who were aware of booster seats, 60 percent said they had used them "at some time" with their children.
- Among the parents or caregivers who had seen or heard of booster seats, 22 percent had concerns about their safety. These parents/caregivers criticized booster seats as loose fitting and unstable systems that would not adequately restrain the child in a crash.
Children who have outgrown their child safety seat should ride in a booster seat until they are at least eight years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall, according to NHTSA. Children placed in poorly fitting adult safety belts can suffer serious life-threatening injuries, or risk being ejected from a vehicle altogether in the event of a crash.