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Booster Seats Reduce Crash Injury Risk: Study

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Car booster seats significantly reduce crash injuries among children ages 4 to 8, confirms a new analysis of nine years of data from 15 states and Washington, D.C.

Researchers found that children in belt-positioning booster seats were 45 percent less likely to suffer injuries in a crash than children using only standard seat belts. There was no notable difference in risk of injury between the use of backless and high-back booster seats, CBS News reported.

The study, which confirms earlier findings, also found that booster seats reduced the risk of injury by 68 percent for near-side impact crashes and 82 percent for far-side impacts.

The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics.

To prevent falls, car seats should be placed on a hard, flat floor, experts advise.

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