Child Passenger Safety Week
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Sep 20, 2012 in Consumer Alerts
Auto accidents are the number one killer of children 1-12 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The best way to protect young children from car accident injuries is to make sure that you are using the right car seat and that it is properly installed. However, many parents have their childs car seat or booster installed incorrectly. That is why the NHTSA and Safe Kids are sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week. The campaign runs from September16-22, 2012.
The NHTSA recommends that people take 15 minutes to checkout their child seat. Parents should use the following guidelines when checking their child seat:
- Right Seat- Check the label on the car seat to make sure its appropriate for your childs age, weight and height.
- Right Place- All children under 13 should sit in the back seat.
- Right Direction- Keep your child in a rear-facing seat for as long as possible.
- Inch Test- Once your car seat is installed, shake it at the base. If the seat moves more than an inch side to side, than it is not properly installed.
- Pinch Test- The harness should be tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots. You should not be able to pinch any excess webbing.
It is also recommended that parents thoroughly read the vehicle and car seat instruction manual.
If your child has been injured in a car crash due to another drivers negligence, you may have legal recourse. Contact Greg Coleman Law to explore your legal options.
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