It is that time of year again! Child Passenger Safety Week began on Sunday September 14th and runs through Saturday September 20th. We all know it is extremely important to ensure children are properly secured in restraints, but why is it so important? Why do federal and state governments place so much emphasis on appropriate restraints? Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that children fare better during crashes when they are properly secured. The following statistics support that assertion:
It is important to purchase the appropriate type of child seat for your child’s age, size, and weight then ensure proper installation for the seat to be of optimal effectiveness. According to the NHTSA “Securing your child in a correctly installed child safety seat is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child’s life every day.”
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) provide the following guidance on choosing the appropriate child seat:
Children birth to 12 months should be harnessed in a rear-facing car seat and always in the back seat
Children one to three years old should remain in rear-facing seats:
Children four to seven years old:
Children eight to 12 years old:
Car seats are extremely important to the protection of your child in the event of an accident. That being said, they range in cost from under $100 to several hundred dollars. If you are a bargain hunter and are in the market for a second-hand car seat, we have provided a checklist adopted from Parents Central to assist you in making your purchase decision. Each of these statements should be true in order to move forward with the purchase of a previously used seat:
In an effort to assist parents ensure the appropriateness of and the proper installation of their child’s seat, this week, there are inspection stations set up across the country that will provide no-charge inspections. Simply locate the station closest to you and contact them. Some require an appointment, so be sure to read their instructions prior to heading to the site.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, helping the injured is our business focus. In advance of that, we seek to prevent injuries where possible by providing our community with helpful, usable information. Children are our most precious resource. As you are transporting your precious cargo, ensure that your child is in a safe, properly installed, child restraint. If you are unsure about your child’s car seat, visit an inspection station. Your child’s safety is worth it.