|Published:||Nov 25, 2010 12:57 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 24, 2010 9:57 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 1,800 children are killed in motor vehicle crashes every year in the U.S., that's according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Florida only requires children to remain in a safety seat until age four. Now, one Naples grandfather wants that to change.
John Dinino says he and his wife Susan got the scare of their lives this summer. Susan and their granddaughter Abigayle were in a horrible car accident.
"I was very very scared," says 9-year-old Abigayle Gibbons.
During the accident Abigayle, slipped from under her seatbelt.
"She went forward and hit her head against the air conditioning duct so she was really injured," says John Dinino.
Abigayle had a giant bump on her head and a black eye that's only now fading away.
"We thought we had her pretty much safely buckled in not knowing that seatbelts are designed for adults, not for children, said Dinino.
Abigayle is too old for a car seat, but at just 4' 5" tall, she is too short to be safely retrained with just a seatbelt. What Abigayle needed was a booster seat.
Florida is one of only three states in the nation that doesn't have a child booster seat law. Now, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lucy Papp is pushing for the state to change the law.
"Really it's the only way to keep children safe," said Trooper Papp.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends kids under 4' 9" tall and weighing less than 80lbs. to be in a booster seat.
It's something John Dinino says he'll be doing for Abigayle and hopes other parents and grandparents will too.