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Michelle L. Macy, MD, MS
Carpooling and Booster Seats
More than half of parents carpool children other than their own, but they do not always use boosters for children who usually use one, according to the study “Carpooling and Booster Seats: A National Survey of Parents” in the February 2012 Pediatrics (published online Jan. 30).
Dr. Michelle L. Macy, MD, MS, lead author of a study comes on the show to discuss the study and offer advice for parents on how to approach these carpooling situations when kids (yours or theirs) may need boosters.
Dr. Macy is a pediatric emergency physician at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and a faculty member in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of programs to promote child passenger safety in the Emergency Department setting. As a practicing emergency physician, Dr. Macy sees first-hand the benefits of child safety seat use and the devastating injuries that result from misuse. She has used the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Child Health to understand national perspectives from parents related to booster seats and carpooling.
Melanie Cole, M.S.