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Safety & Prevention

To ensure the safety of children while they are being transported to school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that all children travel in age-appropriate and properly secured child restraint systems in all motor vehicles.

The AAP has had a long-standing position that new school buses should have safety restraints. Parents should work with school districts to encourage that every new bus be equipped with lap/shoulder seat belt restraints that also can accommodate car seats, booster seats, and harness systems. School districts should provide height- and weight-appropriate car seats and restraint systems for all children of preschool age; these systems include booster seats with a three-point belt.

When districts have policies on seat belt use, children tend to be better behaved and they are less likely to distract the driver.

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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