You Have to Watch the Viral Video That Reminds Parents to Keep Their Big Kids in Booster Seats

posted: 12/14/17
by: Amanda Mushro

When I see videos with dramatizations of accidents and horrible things that could possibly happen--I'm rarely effected. However, this video really got to me, and if you are a parent or grandparent of an elementary aged child, you'll probably feel the same way.

Recently Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia released a shocking video that has already gathered more than 9 million views since it was posted on their Facebook page. It's a very real reminder of how parents need to buckle up their big kids in booster seats every single time they are in the car. Even if you think your child is too old to be in a booster seat, this video reminds us to check their height and not their age to determine if they need a booster seat.

In the video, a 9-year-old boy straps himself in the backseat of his mom's SUV. He is not in a booster seat, and when his mom's SUV collides with another vehicle, her son is injured and rushed to the hospital. A doctor begins to explain to the mother that since her son, even though he is almost 10 years old, was not in a booster seat, he may have serious and life-threatening injuries.

The video is terrifying to watch, and it should be because according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are the leading cause of death in children.

So what can we do to keep our kids safe? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say parents should use the child's height and not their age to determine if their child should be in a booster seat. Any child under 4 feet 9 inches should still be in a booster seat.

Since a booster seat raises a child up enough so that the seatbelt can fasten across the strongest areas of the child's frame: the hips and shoulder, they are more protected in an accident. So if a child under 4 feet 9 inches is buckled into the backseat of your car, the belts can cross the child's neck or stomach area, potentially causing serious damage in a crash.

Even if your elementary aged child seems too old for a booster, check their height to see if it's actually safe for them to be your car with just a seatbelt because a simple booster seat could be a lifesaver.