Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- There is new research on a safety measure you might think isn’t worth the trouble, may in fact be a life-saver.
A study in the journal “Pediatrics” finds booster seats give children a boost in safety.
Researchers studied fatal auto accidents involving children in all 50 states between 1999 and 2009.
In states requiring four and five-year-olds to use booster seats, fatality rates dropped from 5.7 per 100,000 to 4.2 per 100,000.
States mandating booster seats up to age six saw fatality rates decline from 2.3 to 1.5 per 100,000.
The study’s authors advocate booster seat laws in all states for children between the ages of four and seven.