Although some of us have fond memories of rattling around in the back of the family station wagon unrestrained, what parents didn’t know then was that riding that way was dangerous.
Today, people drive much more than they used to, and kids spend a lot more time in cars than they did before car seats were used. While the number of motor vehicle injuries and deaths has declined with increased seat belt and car seat use, millions of crashes still occur on U.S. roads every year and are the leading cause of death in children over the age of 3.
The problem is that seat belts designed to fit adult bodies don’t hold children securely. That’s where booster seats come in.