Child safety advocates are urging parents to put children in proper booster seats or seat belts, after a new study that shows many pre-teen children are not safe passengers.
New television ads are warning parents that four to eight-year-olds should always use booster seats installed in the back seat. The study, released by AAA, found that driving with unrestrained children could be deadly.
"That's just like putting your baby in the car without putting your baby in the proper seat," said former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall.
45 states require some restraint for 8 to12 year olds, but each law is different. The federal government is targeting those states without laws, offering $25 million over the next four years to states that implement or toughen their booster seat laws.