With school in full force and car-pooling being utilized, the risk of your child being injured in a car accident increases. However, the proper seat and restraint system could reduce the risk of car accident related injuries.
Tampa Bay Fox 13 reports that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly – information provided by AAA as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.
According to the report, one of the things parents and caregivers do wrong is the positioning of harness straps, If straps are too loose, children will not be properly restrained in a car accident which could result in ejection from the child seat. Straps should lay flat and snug.
Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 14th through September 20th. If you are unsure if your child is safe in the event of a car accident, take some time this week to have your seat checked out. You can click here to locate a Child Car Seat Inspection Station in your zip code.
Let's not just focus on small kids this week. Remember, that children should use a booster seat until they reach 4 feet, nine inches. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of the correct booster seat can reduce injuries in a car accident by 45 percent.
Drive safely and make sure the kids in your car ride safely as well!
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.