REPORT: Missouri, Arkansas receive failing grades for child car safety

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) -- A national group said both Arkansas and Missouri get a failing grade when it comes to your kids' safety. They are with nine other states the National Safety Council gave an “F” rating - especially when it comes to children staying safe in cars.

One of those things is they want lawmakers to pass a state law saying parents have to keep children in car seats or booster seats until they are 8-years-old.

“It's basically just common sense. We don't want children dying in cars," said Valerie Cones, who is a stay-at-home mom.

As her kids explore their pocket of the world, Valerie Cones is reading the new report.

"I think we definitely have some work to be done," Cones said.

The Mercy Hospital Safe Kids Coordinator, Daphne Greenlee, echos Cones' concerns.

"It's sad. It's very sad," Greenlee said. “One of the things we see which is a big concern for us is the booster seat law itself. We know child will turn eight and immediately get out of the booster. But it's really a gap in safety."

"I figured it was just common sense that kids would have to be in boosters," Cones declared.

The report also shows there is not enough being done to make sure Missouri children are in back-facing car seats, until they are at least two-years-old.

While they are older now, Cones said when her children were younger she made them face backwards. But admits at times her three kids could be challenging.

"I feel like if they're actually about 1.5 they start to get antsy and they want to face forward," Cones stated.

Still she hopes Missouri adopts stricter guidelines. After all, it is all about keeping kids safe.

"I just want to make sure everyone is buckled up safely," finished Cones.

Greenlee said another big concern is that booster law mentioned earlier in this article. She wishes there would be a law just based on children's height. She said four feet and nine inches is good. Any shorter and the seat belt could hurt a child's neck if there is a crash.

You can read the current booster law here -> HERE.

You can learn more about how you can keep your kids safe while driving in the car, on the above videos on this story. If you would like to read the National Safety Council’s report, you can click on the included link on this story.