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    Call to give kids booster seats until 10
    4:00AM Tuesday Jun 09, 2009
    By Mathew Dearnaley


    Cartoon / Rod Emmerson

    Young people could end up behind the driving wheel barely five years after being allowed out of car booster seats, if child safety advocates have their way.

    As the Government prepares to include the issue of child car restraints in a discussion paper on new road safety measures, the Paediatric Society says youngsters should be kept in booster seats until they turn at least 10, to prevent horrific abdominal or neck injuries.

    That organisation of child health experts is taking a different tack to the Plunket Society, which believes height rather than age should be the determining factor.

    But both societies agree existing legislation allowing children to swap their booster seats for adult safety belts as soon as they turn 5 is leaving New Zealand behind other countries.

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    A similar law was brought in in the UK just before we left. The cut off age was 11 so just about in secondary school. They did also give a height limit- i'm not sure what it was so basically which ever one you reached first was your time to throw away the booster. I think they could just use the bas booster seats rather than the full ones (as in the pic) but still I can't imagine many 10/11 years olds being very happy about sitting in a booster seat.

    I wonder just how many people follow the new law change in the UK.
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