Why we’re not giving up on Graco booster seats
A new report from the New York Times reveals that the world’s largest car manufacturer’s booster seats, which are now available for purchase in over 200 countries, do not provide the safest place for children to be.
The report, entitled “Why We’re Not Giving Up on Gracobers,” details why the seats are not up to par with the standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s pediatrician body.
The new report comes after the company announced that it will be phasing out the seats in 2018.
The AAP said it is committed to continuing to work with Graco to ensure that children’s health is not compromised.
The company announced in August that it would phase out the booster seats in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Australia, Germany, and France.
The decision was not surprising, since the seat design is made in China and many of the seats were made in Japan.
“The seat design of the booster seat does not meet the standards of the AAP for safety,” the AAP said in a statement.
The seats are designed to be worn with child restraints in the car and in the home, and the company has said that the seats have been shown to reduce injuries and deaths among children in accidents.
“We recognize that parents and caretakers may find it difficult to understand why we would discontinue this product,” the company said.
“But we also recognize that we cannot keep our customers on our side and continue to offer this product at a time when parents and families are being asked to make difficult decisions.”
The new study, conducted by the nonprofit Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, found that “the safety of infants and children is not as assured with booster seats as we would like it to be.”
While the seat’s seatbelts do not fit snugly into the child’s torso, the foam padding on the seat does provide additional protection, and it has been shown that the seat is less likely to puncture the child when the child is asleep.
“There are a lot of things that could go wrong,” Dr. James F. Ritchie, who directs the Pediatric Trauma and Injury Center at Children’s Hospital, told The Times.
“I do not know of a parent or caretaker who would choose this product.
It would be an abject failure of design.”
The seat is also designed to offer an “unusual and uncomfortable position” for children who sit in it.
The foam padding is not designed to protect children from impact, and there are no instructions for how to adjust the seat to fit the child, according to the report.
Parents who purchase booster seats are asked to sign a waiver that states that the product is not for use in a child’s car, but if the seat breaks down in a car crash, the parents have the option to take their child to a doctor for a full evaluation.
“It is a good idea to read the instructions for booster seats carefully and follow them carefully,” Dr