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Jul/Aug 2013 Issue

More parents using correct safety seats for their children, survey finds

More parents are choosing to keep their children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats longer instead of transitioning them to seat belts too soon, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found.

The 2011 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats (NSUBS) reports that the number of children ages 4–7 riding in only seat belts–instead of car seats and boosters–dropped 7 percent in 2011 to 25 percent, down from 32 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, the use of both car seats and booster seats increased during the same period, suggesting that parents are increasingly following NHTSA recommendations and not graduating their children prematurely to seat belts.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children 1 to 14 years old, with more than 1,100 fatalities in 2011. The correct use of child restraints is one step parents can take to help decrease this number. NHTSA estimates that more than 12,200 children were saved by car seats and seat belts in 2011.

To learn more about NHTSA’s car seat recommendations, visit the Web site



Fun is frugal with AAA discounts

At 162 feet nearly straight down, a hill on the new Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., is the steepest drop for a wooden roller coaster anywhere, and AAA members can enjoy it and rides at other theme parks at a steep discount.

AAA offers members savings on summer excitement with ticket discounts to a number of theme parks, water parks, and more. Members can visit their local full-service office or purchase them online from AAA to parks including Six Flags, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Sea World, and more.

For details, visit your local full-service branch or click on

Silver Dollar City’s new Outlaw Run.

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