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Car Seat Safety Prevents Fatalities in Kids

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Timothy Haren5 years ago

Using appropriate child seats can fight against the number one killer of children: motor vehicle injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providing kids age- and size-appropriate car seats can reduce motor vehicle deaths 54 percent in children ages one to four, and 71 percent in infants.

Car Seats Prevent Motor Vehicle Injuries

In 2009 alone, 1,314 children died in auto accidents, and close to 179,000 were injured. Car seats reduce the chance of injury by over half when used properly, but a U.S. Department of Transportation study of 3,500 car seat users showed over 70 percent were used improperly, in fact increasing the odds of injury. Child safety seat laws and education programs save lives when utilized.

Adults Can Save Lives with Safety

  • Parents and other drivers can save lives by setting a good example: nearly 40 percent of children riding with unbelted adults were also found unrestrained.
  • Over two-thirds of the children killed were in cars with drivers who had been drinking.
  • All children under 13 should ride in the back seat, never in front of airbags.
  • Children should use restraints, car seats and booster seats that correspond to their age, height and weight.
Correct Car Seats by Age and Size

Information provided by the CDC.

  • Children under 2 years of age should sit in rear facing safety seats, buckled in.
  • Children from 2 to 4, under 40 pounds, can sit buckled into forward facing safety seats.
  • Children from 4 to 8 years of age and under 4’9” can sit buckled into belt positioning booster seats, in the back seat.
  • After age 8 or growing to over 4’9”, children can use seatbelts, as long as it fits correctly, across the thighs and chest, not the stomach and neck.
  • The back seat should be utilized until the child is over 13, using the middle seat whenever possible.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our offices immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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