There's no question that seat belts are a lifesaver. But Monday, they are the source of a newly named problem called seat belt syndrome.
Researchers at Temple University have been reviewing motor vehicle accidents in Texas and discovered that even if kids slip through an accident seemingly uninjured, they could end up with hidden problems down the road because of a seat belt or car restraint that didn't fit properly.
It's not too hard to understand why the 4 to 8 age group is most at risk. Those are the kids who appear too big for a car seat, but too small for just a seat belt.
The Temple researchers suggest paramedics and emergency room workers look for bruising or seat belt marks on kids after an accident, because the study says many ended up with serious spinal cord or abdominal injuries later that were blamed on that ill-fitting seat belt.