Car Seat Safety Tips

child car seat safetyEach year thousands of young children are injured or killed from automobile accidents. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children in the United States. As a parent or caregiver one of the most important jobs you have is to keep your child safe while riding in the car. Learning the proper use of safety seats and seatbelts can not only help prevent your child from getting injured should an accident occur, utilizing these safety devices could save your child’s life.

Child Car Accident Statistics and Facts

  • 663 children ages 12 and younger died as passengers in motor vehicle crashes in the United Stated in 2015. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NTSA)
  • Of the children who died in 2015 from motor vehicle crashes, 35% of the children were not using safety restraints. (NHTSA)
  • Over 121,350 children were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2014. (NHTSA)
  • In one year, over 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in the car without using a seat belt, booster seat of car seat for part of the time. (CDC)
  • Seat belt usage for young children often depends on whether or not the driver uses a seat belt and nearly 40% of children riding with unbelted drivers were not using safety restraints either. (National Safe Kids Campaign)
  • Child restraint systems are often times not used correctly. (NHTSA)
  • Approximately 46% of booster seats and car seats are not used properly which could reduce their effectiveness. (NHTSA)

Child Safety Seat Tips

When traveling in the car, the best protection you can give to your child is to make sure that they are securely using a seat belt or safety seat. With so many different types of safety seats on the market today, choosing a car seat for your little one can become a bit overwhelming. To view a step by step guide from finding the right car seat, installing your car seat correctly, registering your car seat and getting recall notifications visit Car Seat Safety Steps by Safercar.gov.

As with any product on the market, there are chances of defective parts and recalls. For more information regarding child seat recalls visit The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Seat Recall Campaign Listing.

Attorneys Who Care

The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz would like to wish all mothers a safe and Happy Mother’s Day. Should you ever need legal representation for injuries that your child may have suffered from a defective car seat, don’t hesitate to call our office to discuss your case. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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