(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Booster seats are a stepping stone, used when kids no longer need a car seat, designed for babies or
toddlers, but are not ready for a seat belt.
Now, a new study finds a majority of parents inconsistently use boosters when carpooling.
A University of Michigan survey found 76 percent of parents reported their child used a safety seat when riding in the family car.
The report also showed that it's common for them to drive other children in the same age-range, but they do not consistently use booster seats when carpooling, nor do they ask other drivers to use a booster seat for their child.
About 20 percent of parents report putting the biggest child in the front seat to make room for all of the children they are transporting.
Doctors say putting a child in the front seat is not an option.
Dr. Michael Macknin of the Cleveland Clinic says, "19% of the parents just would take the tallest child and put them in the front seat whether they were tall enough to sit in the front seat or not. And if you take a child under 5 feet tall in the front seat of the car with an airbag that deploys, the airbag could conceivably kill the child."