A new state law — passed overwhelmingly by the Missouri General Assembly last session and supported by the governor will soon require that most children ages 4 through 7 be strapped into booster seats when riding in cars.
Whatever the inconvenience for parents, children are the clear beneficiaries.
According to the national Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all children between 5 and 9 years old who were involved in fatal car crashes were not wearing seat belts. One reason for that is that most seat restraints are designed for people heavier and taller than many young children who have outgrown their infant safety seats. Booster seats raise children up on the car seat so that the lap/shoulder belts fit correctly.
The new law goes into effect at the end of August. However, if your children or grandchildren weigh less than 80 pounds and are less than 57 inches tall, you should install the booster seats now.