National Child Seat Safety Awareness

Written by greg on September 18, 2019

Child Injury in Car Accident

Our children are our most precious passengers. When we travel in our vehicles, we need to make sure that our children are as safe as possible and protected in case of an accident. You never know when an accident may occur, and even a short trip could result in a serious incident. Vehicles accidents are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 13. In 2017, 675 children under 13 died in traffic accidents. Of that number, 216 were not restrained and others were not properly restrained when the crash occurred.

Child Restraints save Lives

The use of child restraints is proven to save lives. The National Safety Council published a report about child restraint use. The report shows that unrestrained children are as much as 50% more likely to die in an accident as children who are properly restrained. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides recommendations for child restraint use.

There are four phases of child passenger safety and seat belt use recommendations.

Phase 1

  • Children under the age of 1 must always ride in a rear-facing car seat
  • Keep young children in rear-facing seats as long as possible. When they outgrow the rear-facing car seat they should ride in a front-facing seat.

Phase 2

  • Children ages 4 to 7 should use forward-facing car seats based on the height and weight limitations of the manufacturer.

Phase 3

  • When a child outgrows a car seat, they should move to a booster seat
  • Children ages 8 to 12 should ride in booster seats until they are big enough to fit into the vehicle’s seat belts properly.

Phase 4

  • Adult car seats should only be used once the child can be properly restrained by a standard seat belt

Drivers can face tickets and fines if they are found to be driving with children who are not properly restrained in child safety seats or booster seats.

Proper Child Seat Installation

It is essential that the child safety seat or booster seat is installed properly in the vehicle. Many times, the seats are found to be installed incorrectly and will therefore not provide adequate protection for the child. There are many different child car seat manufacturers and many various vehicles. This can make it difficult to install the seat correctly into your particular car. A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPS) is a trained professional who will check and inspect your car seat and teach you proper installation.

You can make an appointment for a free car seat safety check through the Texas Children’s Center for Childhood Injury Prevention. You will find a list of locations in Houston where you can get a free car safety seat checks. It is best to make sure that your car seat is installed to prevent injuries in a crash.

If you or your child were injured in a vehicle accident in Texas, you may be owed money for your injuries. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today to schedule a free initial case evaluation and to discuss the details of your case. Call (281) 587-1111.

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