SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– For many parents, like Zuleyka Sotomayor, amother of four from Springfield, following the state law and buckling the family up is just part of the daily routine.
“For one it’s just piece of mind. If anything were to happen, you can’t trust any other driver, they’re safely buckled,” Sotomayor told 22News.
Now a new study is showing that one in five parents bend the rules when it comes to carpooling with children by allowing a child to ride in a car without the properly fitted car seat, seat belt, or booster seat.
The study from Safe Kids Worldwide also found that more than 60 percent of parents said they’ve seen other carpooling parents get lax when is comes to child passenger safety. Something some parents in Springfield told 22News they hoped wasn’t true.
“You know if you’re a parent you need to know who’s taking your kid. And the young people are just as smart with that, they know,” Al Nardi, from Springfield, said.
But the Center for Disease control reports that in one year more than 600,000 children younger than 12 rode in a car without any kind of safety restraint. The CDC research also shows that in 2011 one third of all the children who died from a car crash were not buckled in.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends a child is secured in a rear-facing car seat from birth to at least age 3 and that the child’s car and booster seat progresses with them as they age and grow. Click here to see their complete list of recommendations.