Child Passenger Safety Week: Getting Kids Safely Buckled In

A child car seat can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

Unfortunately, many parents and guardians don’t know how to properly buckle in their child’s car seat or their child.
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For this reason, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and those with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is promoting the Child Passenger Safety Week campaign Sept. 16 to 22. During this week-long campaign, safety officials will be raising awareness about the importance of properly buckling in children during each and every car ride. According to the most recent study from the NHTSA, about 20 percent of parents don’t buckle in their child properly — thus increasing their risks for serious or fatal injury during a car accident.

Our Asheville accident lawyers understand that parents have the responsibility of making sure that our youngest passengers are safe when riding in a car. Unfortunately, studies show that parents are making a ton of mistakes when it comes to buckling child passengers. Parents are asked to review the safety tips (listed below) and share them with friends and family members to make sure that everyone is safely buckled in.

“We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many resources available to ensure you’ve done everything to properly protect your child,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.

A child’s body isn’t able to withstand the impact of a motor vehicle accident as well as an adult’s. Kids need to be properly buckled in to the correct child car seat to be best protected in the event of an accident. Alarmingly, about 90 percent of parents and guardians say that they are confident that they are using their car seat the right way, yet studies show that one out of every five adults does so improperly.

One of the best resources available to parents and guardians are the Child Seat Inspection Centers located throughout the state.

Each year, there are hundreds of young passengers whose lives are saved in car accidents because of properly used car seats. Hundreds more could be saved if everyone did so properly.

Car Seat Safety Tips from Safe Kids USA:

-Keep kids in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the car for as long as you can.

-Never exceed a child car seat’s height and weight recommendations.

-Never recline a child car seat more than a 45 degree angle.

-Buckling them in now will help to establish the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels.

-Remember that children are always the safest in the back seat.

-Keep children in each stage of their car seat for as long as possible.

-Only graduate your child to an adult seat belt when they will fit into it properly.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today!

More Blog Entries:

Are You Properly Protecting Your Child in the Car? Most Parents Aren’t!, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 30, 2012

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