The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week. From September 12 – 18, parents can go to a free safety seat inspection station where safety technicians can show them how to properly install a child safety seat. Please click on the link provided below to find an inspection station near you.
The NHTSA says child safety seat use is at its highest ever:
Kids 0-12 months: 99% child safety seat use
1-3 years: 92% child safety seat use
4-7 years: 89% child safety seat use
Also, drivers who used seat belts were more likely to place children in
child safety seats than motorists who were unbelted.
Thousands of safety seat inspection sites have been set up throughout
the US. While the NHTSA has found that most young children are using child
safety seats many of them are not properly secured in the restraint devices.
This means that these kids are still susceptible to the dangers that parents
are trying to avoid by properly restraining them.
Out of every four child restraint systems in use, three of them aren’t
used correctly. In some instances, the seats that were selected for certain
children was not appropriate for their weight or age, children were not
properly secured in their seats, or the restraint systems were not correctly
attached to vehicles.
Our child seat defect law firm cannot emphasize enough how important it
is that you choose the right child safety seat for your son or daughter.
Not only should the restraint system be the appropriate one for your child’s
age and weight, but you must make sure that your child and the restraint
system are secured correctly. It is also the responsibility of the child
safety seat manufacturer to make sure that the seat is free from design
or malfunction defects, comes with the proper and complete instructions,
is marketed correctly and appropriately, and warns of any risks and dangers
that can result from use. Defects to child safety seats can prove fatal
during a car crash and may result in traumatic brain injuries, crush injuries,
and even death.
Our child seat defect lawyers are nationally recognized for our work representing
clients with injuries to minors cases whose children were hurt in auto
accidents because a child safety seat manufacturer was negligent or because
of some auto defect that proved catastrophic.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Launches Child Passenger Safety
Week, NHTSA, September 10, 2009
Child Restraint Use in 2008
Related Web Resources:
Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2009, American Academy of Pediatrics
Seat Inspection Station Locator