(DFW.CBSLOCAL) — The safety message couldn’t be clearer: seat belts save lives. But, experts are reminding parents that seat belts were built for adults, so children may need to stay in booster seats much longer than is legally required. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is suggesting that may be as old as 12.
“I think that’s great,” said Jessica Benitez. “As many wrecks as there are, as congested as the roadways are, people texting and driving, all that stuff, the safer we can keep the kids the better.”
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Benitez, a mother of two, says she can commiserate with parents whose kids may not like the car seats and boosters. But, she never wavers and her instinct for safety is backed by solid research that says children need to be restrained while riding in vehicles.