Do You Know Which Car Seat Your Child Should Be Using?
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 09, 2015 in General Interest
The data is clear: when used properly, car seats reduce the risk of death to infants by more than 70 percent and the risk to toddlers by more than 50 percent.
Infants, toddlers and children who are injured in car accidents, are often not properly secured in car seats, booster seats or seat belts.
Parents can proactively reduce the risk that their children will experience a car accident injury by properly using protective measures such as:
- Rear-facing car seats
- Forward-facing car seats
- Booster seats
- Seat belts
Knowing which safety apparatus to use is a function of the childs age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued the following age guidelines:
- Age 1 or younger: rear facing car seat
- Age 2 to age 5: forward-facing car seat
- Age 5 until tall enough for seatbelt: booster seat
These age guidelines are a great barometer to use in determining when you should transition your child from one type of car seat to the next one on the list.
However, one cautionary note is that parents should not just pay attention to the age of the child but also consider the physical size of the child.
Children who are shorter in stature or have delayed growth or other disabilities may require a car seat that is outside their recommended age but which fits their physical size.
Parents should consult with their pediatricians in order to determine the most appropriate safety seats for each child in the family.
Correctly Using Car Seats
Unfortunately, it is not enough to merely identify and select the proper car safety seat, parents must also ensure that the devices are installed properly and that the child is fastened and secured to the seat and to the car.
There are far too many instances where infants and children are injured in an auto accident because the seat was improperly secured.
Installing car and booster seats properly is vital. Closely follow the instructions in the owners manual. If you are unsure if the seats have been properly installed, dont hesitate to ask for help form a Child Passenger Safety Technician.
There are times when a parent has done everything properly, and a defective car seat still causes an injury. In these types of cases, parents should contact a defective products attorney at Harbin & Burnett for assistance.
If you suspect that your child has been injured due to a defective car seat, contact us today.
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