This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and we want to bust a few myths about car seats to help you ensure you are giving your child a safe ride.
Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children aged 5 to 15. To keep your child safer, make sure you know the truth from the fiction about car seats.
Myth 1: Used car seats are always okay.
Fact: Car seats have expirations dates and it is not always obvious if a car seat has been in an accident when you pick it up on craigslist or at a yard sale.
Myth 2: The pricier the car seat the better protection they provide.
Fact: All car seats must pass the exact same safety testing.
Myth 3: Children can sit in the front seat when they have outgrown their booster seat.
Fact: Children should ride in the back seat until they turn 13.
Myth 4: Once your child turns one, you can face the car seat forward.
Fact: The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children remain in rear facing seats until age two.
Three out of four car seats are installed improperly. You can get your child car seat inspected at a local car seat inspection station to ensure that yours is properly installed.
At The Gilbert Law Group®, our attorneys are committed to making the world a safer place for our children. If you child has been injured in an accident, call (303) 431-1111 for your free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer. We represent clients nationwide.