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NTSB PRAISES ALASKA AND TEXAS FOR ENACTING BOOSTER SEAT LAWS, URGES ARIZONA, FLORIDA AND SOUTH DAKOTA TO TAKE ACTION

June 18, 2009

Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board today commended Alaska and Texas for enacting booster seat legislation.

These laws mandate that children between the ages of four and eight and less than 4'9" use a booster seat in motor vehicles.

"With booster seat laws now on the books in Alaska and Texas, only Arizona, Florida and South Dakota do not mandate proper restraints for children within our 50 states," said Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "The Safety Board urges these three states to join the rest of the country in requiring the additional protection that booster seats provide to our smallest travelers."

Improve Child Occupant Protection has been on the Safety Board's Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements since 1997. Specifically, the NTSB made the following recommendation to the states and territories regarding child occupant safety: ensure that children up to eight years old are required by each state's mandatory child restraint use law to use child restraint systems and booster seats.

Earlier this year Ohio and Minnesota also enacted booster seat legislation, bringing the total to 47 states and the District of Columbia that require the use of booster seats. In addition to Arizona, Florida and South Dakota, booster seat laws are still absent in American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Of the 47 states that require booster seats, only 25 (including all four laws enacted in 2009) mandate their use through age 7, as the Board recommended.

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.