Child Car Seats
Car crashes are the number one cause of death among children in the United States. In 2008, more than 900 children died and 168,000 were injured in car accidents. Sadly, many of these deaths were preventable. The proper use of child safety seats and booster seats can reduce the risk of death to children in a car accident by half.
All young children should be properly restrained in a child safety seat that is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death to young children by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers aged 1 to 4. Once children have outgrown their child safety seats, they should use a booster seat until they reach age 8 or grow to 49” tall. A booster seat lifts a child up and properly positions the seat belts so that belt properly fits over the child’s lap and shoulder.
In the event of an accident, the child is more adequately protected by the seat belt. In addition, all children under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat to avoid injury and suffocation from airbag deployment during an accident. In fact, sitting in the backseat reduces the risk of injury by 40% for children under the age of 16.
Even those who restrain their children in proper safety seats often use them incorrectly. In fact, one study showed that almost three-fourths of all child restraint seats and booster seats were used incorrectly. This misuse increases the child’s risk for injury in the event of an accident. Parents should educate themselves about the proper installation and use of child car seats.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the Kenosha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your case and determine if you have the grounds to take legal action against the responsible party. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to speak with a qualified attorney.