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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Booster seat use urged


Fire Chief Michael Cassidy is reminding parents this week to make sure children sit in booster seats while traveling in cars. This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and Cassidy said the booster seats, when properly secured, can save lives.

The seats have saved approximately 7,500 lives over the past 20 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, motor vehicle crashes are still the top killer of children ages 4 to 14 in the United States.

In Massachusetts, safety seats are required for children under 5 years old, but the state recommends them for all children between 40 and 80 pounds, and less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

For information about receiving a free child passenger safety seat inspection, visit

- Calvin Hennick

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