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Feds to Florida: Get those kids in booster seats!

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Florida, Arizona and South Dakota to "join the rest of the country" and pass booster seat legislation -- which the board has been recommending since 1996.

The reminder comes with the advent of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 12-18) aimed at educating and alerting adults to the importance of "keeping our littlest passengers safe," says board Chairman Deborah Hersman. "Unfortunately, there are three states and two U.S. territories (American Samoa and Puerto Rico) that still do not mandate booster seats for children."

The board says that earlier this year, Alaska, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands enacted booster seat legislation, bringing the total to 47 states and three territories (the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that mandate booster seats. Only 26 states (including all four states that enacted laws in 2009 and the new booster seat law in New York, which improved its booster seat law) mandate their use through age 7, as the board recommends.