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Protecting Your Children in Cars: Know the Facts

Are you making these child safety seat mistakes?At The Gilbert Law Group®, we are concerned with child passenger safety and feature it often here in our blog. This month we are taking our child passenger safety campaign to several area schools here in Colorado to educate the public about seatbelt and child seat safety. The more you know, the more carefully you can protect your children.

As parents ourselves, we noticed that many children are not properly restrained in cars and wanted to do something about it. An estimated 451 children’s lives are saved each year by properly using child restraints.

Are You Making These Common Child Safety Seat Installation Mistakes?

  • Using the wrong safety seat for the child’s size and age
  • Placing the safety seat facing the wrong direction
  • Installing the safety seat incorrectly near the car’s airbags
  • Failing to secure the safety harness and crotch straps with the child in the safety seat
  • Improperly using the locking clips for seat belts
  • Failing to ensure that the seatbelts fit properly across a child in a booster seat
  • Using a broken or defective safety seat

Research shows that although 96 percent of parents and caregivers think that their child safety seats are correctly installed, 7 out of 10 children are improperly restrained. Using a booster seat for older children is 60 percent safer than using a seatbelt alone, and for children of all ages, the backseat is the safest place to be.

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.

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