A recent report shows that nine out of ten parents transition children from booster seats to a seat belt before they reach the recommended height, posing increasing safety concerns for small children. The report, “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” also finds that seven out of ten parents do not know a child should be at least 57 inches (4-foot-9-inches) and at least 80 pounds to ride in a car without a booster seat.
To address the early transitioning trend, Chevrolet is making some design changes.
The new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab combines the midsize pickup’s removable head rest with a rear passenger side seat cushion to better accommodate larger child restraints and booster seats common today. The Colorado patent-pending rear seat cushion extension helps satisfy the requirement of child restraint manufacturers that state 80 percent of the child restraint be supported by the vehicle seat.
Improvements in booster seat accommodations and child restraints in a limited amount of space in the rear of a midsize extended cab pickup is just one step Chevrolet is taking.
In the Impala, Chevrolet introduced a more generous seating area to provide plenty of room for carrying children safely and comfortably without invading the adult space in the front seat. Further flexibility to growing families was also implemented in the Impala with the easy access child restraint LATCH anchorages for all three rear seating positions.
This report is a reminder that there is more that needs to be done to remind parents to buckle up correctly and safely every time. The innovative changes Chevrolet is making in rear seat design reflect their ongoing commitment to protect passengers and promote safety.
Bachman Chevrolet is committed to keeping families safe, too. In the next few weeks we will be providing a helpful video on how to install a car seat in the Chevrolet Traverse. Be on the lookout for this video, and in the meantime, If you ever have a question about whether your car seat is installed properly, visit your local fire department for a thorough inspection.