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Child Safety Tips for Vehicle Protection

Hundreds of children die every year in and around motor vehicles. Many of these deaths happen because parents fail to attend children, use proper restraints, or remove them from overheating vehicles. Protect your children from a tragedy involving a motor vehicle by applying these safety habits.

Child Safety Inside a Vehicle

  • Use appropriate restraining systems – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 46% of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness. Your children’s weight, height, and age determine whether they should be using a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. Check the seat’s manual and/or labels for weight and height limits, and always securely fasten your children into their seats or buckle them up before you drive.
  • Seat children in the back – Buckle all children aged 12 and under in the back seat. Airbags located in the front can kill small children. The safest place inside the vehicle is the back, middle seat.
  • Never leave children inside parked vehicles – Heatstroke is a danger all year, not only during the summertime. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns parents of the deadly temperatures your vehicle’s inside can reach even during cooler weather. They report that an outside temperature in the mid-60s can cause a vehicle’s inside temperature to rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few minutes. Take children with you – never leave them inside the vehicle!
  • Teach children proper behavior – Teach your children not to play with window switches, seat belts, or stand on passenger door arm rests. If available, activate the power window lock switch so children cannot play with the windows.

Child Safety Outside a Vehicle

  • Park your vehicles – Always ensure your vehicles are securely in the park position before shutting them off and exiting. A small but growing number of new vehicles have an automatic Shift-to-Park function to prevent vehicles from accidentally being turned off without Park engaged, but people should not rely on this feature.
  • Supervise children – A rollaway vehicle can happen in an instant. Keep close watch of your children and never allow them to play around vehicles.
  • Lock your vehicles – Keep your vehicle’s doors and trunk locked, and store remote entry devices out of sight and reach of your children. Trunks can pose an entrapment hazard. Check there first if your child is missing.
  • Look before you reverse – Look behind you, back up slowly, and actively check your mirrors. Open windows so you’ll be able to hear what is happening outside your vehicle. Even if your vehicle is equipped with detection devices that provide rearview video or warning sounds, do not rely on them. 

Contact an Experienced Child Auto Accident Attorney

In 2014, Texas had the highest number of fatal child auto accident injuries in the United States with 148. If your child was severely injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys are experienced in handling automobile accidents, including those involving children. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and provide you with a free case review. Let us help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve.

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