Charlie Woodhouse gestures from his new child seat on September 17, 2006 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Too many children in Florida are not using a booster seat in the car, according to a new report from AAA.
About 30 percent of parents say their kids under 12 rarely or never use a booster seat.
Studies show children should use a booster until they're at least 57 inches tall. They usually reach that height between the ages of 8 and 12.
Seat belts in vehicles are made for adults and a poor fit can lead to serious injuries for kids. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children under 12.
Booster seats can reduce injuries about 60 percent, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
AAA is giving away free booster seats at some locations around Florida, but supplies are limited.
Check AAA offices in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra.
First Coast News