Child Car Seat Safety
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Keeping your children safe is one of your most important jobs, and that includes keeping them protected while in the car. Child car seats are designed to protect babies, toddlers, and children as you drive them from point A to point B. And, in the event of a crash, your child’s car seat is designed to keep your most precious cargo safe and unharmed. However, many parents are using the wrong car seat for their child, or have installed the safety seat incorrectly. If you have children, it is of the utmost importance that you make sure they are buckling up properly so that, if the worst should happen, they will be protected.
At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, our car accident attorneys understand how crucial it is to keep your children safe. We have more than 100 years of combined experience, and we have the legal skills necessary to help you get the results you need if your child is wrongfully injured in a crash.
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Keeping Your Kids Safe
Even though most people know using a car seat is the safer choice, many children still go without. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of the children who died in a car crash in 2015 were either not wearing a seat belt or were not buckled into a car seat. While it can’t be confirmed that those children would have survived had they been using a car seat, other research reveals the importance of such safety precautions. A study conducted by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration found that 248 children were saved by their car seats in 2015. This data tells us that children should always be using car seats, no matter what the circumstances are.
Which Car Seat Should my Child be in?
Nowadays, car seat manufacturers create car seats that grow with children, making it easier to determine when and how to move your child to a new seat. As they grown, children should use a rear-facing seat, forward-facing seat, and a booster seat. Infants should be cozily installed in a rear-facing car seat until they reach at least 1 year of age. Research has shown that rear-facing seats are the absolute safest option for delicate newborns, and should be used for as long as possible, which for some car seats may by up to age 3. To find out the weight and height restrictions for your rear-facing car seat, check with the manufacturer of your seat.
Once children outgrow their rear-facing car seats, they should be moved to a forward facing seat. Typically, children should remain in a car seat until they are about 7 years old, or until they reach the size limits. Children should then use booster seats until they are able to sit with the vehicle’s seat belt comfortable across their lap and chest. Most children can safely use standard safety belts once they reach 4 feet 9 inches in height, or between 8-12 years old.
Seek Compensation for Your Child’s Injury
Even if you do everything you can as a parent and strap your child into their car seat, accidents can still happen. If your child was injured in a collision while they were in their car seat, it is possible the seat malfunctioned or was faulty. We understand how frightening it can be to see your child injured after a crash, which is why we want to help you and your family as you recover.