The Importance of Car Seat Safety
As a parent, keeping your children safe and healthy is your priority. Car accidents can pose a real safety hazard for younger children in the car. A car seat can offer a source of protection for your child, but it’s important to ensure the seat is installed correctly.
Car Seat Safety
When using a car seat, there are a few general rules of thumb. It is always important to read the manufacturers instructions; they may include car seat safety information. Read the label on the car seat to find information about maximum height and weight recommendations.
Make sure your car seat is installed correctly for maximum safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide 73 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly.
Is Car Seat Safety Enough?
Are you positioning your child’s car seat correctly? According to a study published by Academic Pediatrics in 2011, 33 percent of parents turn their child’s car seat around before the recommended age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides some basic guidelines for optimizing car seat safety. But even following all the safety guidelines won’t help if the product itself is defective. For example Graco car seats recently issued a recall for seats that had harness buckles which were difficult to open. Something like this may seem insignificant, but if you were in a car accident and needed to get your child out of their seat, away from the accident and to a safe place it’s become a problem.
If your child suffered an injury as a result of a faulty car seat or another child product recall, 1-800-THE-LAW2 can help. Our helpful representatives are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish. Calling 1-800-THE-LAW2 is risk free! Either you get paid or you don’t pay at all. You have a lot to gain, and nothing to lose. Call 1-800-380-8080 to be connected with an experienced product liability lawyer.
- Academic Pediatrics. Looking Back on Rear-Facing Car Seats: Surveying US Parents in 2011 and 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Safety & Prevention. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- Safe Kids Worldwide. Car Seat Tips. Retrieved January 27, 2014.