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Many kids too obese for car seats: study
April 3, 2006
A growing number of American children are too heavy to fit into
standard car seats, a new study has found.
The study, which appears in the April edition of Pediatrics, compared
national growth charts and the 2000 Census and found that at least
283,305 children ages 1 to 6 are too heavy for standard safety seats.
Most of the affected children are three-year-olds who weigh more
than 40 pounds, AP reports. (Unless exceptionally tall, a three-year-old
weighing more than 40 pounds would generally be considered overweight.)
Standard seats are with built-in safety harnesses
designed for one-to-three-year-olds weighing
up to 40 pounds. Children heavier than that
are generally not mature enough or tall enough for "booster" safety
seats, which are recommended for kids aged
four and up.
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