Parents are urged to Install Proper Safety Seats for their Kids

safety seatAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, car crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages three to 14. In 2009, there was an average of 4 deaths and 490 injuries per day of kids in this age group that were caused by car accidents.

One of the best ways of preventing personal injuries to young children is to have an appropriate child safety seat. The seats should be installed correctly and should always be used. Safety seats for young children are required by law in all fifty states.

In addition to being properly installed, the seats should be periodically inspected. For a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations you may go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Age and weight restrictions vary from state to state and range from 4 to 8 years old and 40- 80 pounds. After the children outgrow the forward facing seats they should ride in a booster seat until the regular seat belts in the car fit properly.

As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I am concerned about our children’s safety and well being. NHTSA research shows that there was a significantly lower injury rate for children in safety seats than for those in booster seats. However, staying in a booster seat rather than an early use of adult seat belt for kids ages 4 to 8 also resulted in fewer personal injuries for the kids. Just like seat belts save lives for adults, proper use of safety seats for children is essential for reducing personal injuries and deaths.

Resources:

NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts 2009

NHTSA, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Unveils New Data and Urges Parents to Install Proper Safety Seats During Child Passenger Safety Week, September 23, 2010

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