It’s not surprising that children are the most vulnerable in car accidents. They are physically smaller and usually susceptible to more severe injuries.
Infants can also be put at risk when they’re car seat is not properly and safely installed. The CDC reports that child safety seats cut death risk by 71 percent for infant passengers and 54 percent for toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4, but only if they are used properly. Following the correct procedures for car seat safety can help prevent injuries if accidents do occur.
Child Is Turned Face-Forward Too Early.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that all car seat be rear-facing for infants until they reach the age of two, or they reach the car seat’s both maximum height and weight restrictions. In addition, once they are facing forward, they should remain in a car seat until they outgrow the manufacturer’s specifications.
Harness Straps Are Too Loose.
When it’s a colder temperature outside, many can make the mistake of putting their child into a car seat with a thick jacket or other thing articles of clothing. This can allow for wiggle room and prevent the harnesses from doing their job. Take off any thick jackets before strapping in your child to prevent this from happening.
Safety Belt Isn’t in Lock Mode.
Car seats should have a seatbelt going through the back that keeps the car seat in place. In addition, the seat belt should be in lock mode, meaning that the seat belt cannot be pulled any more after it is buckled. This will ensure that the car seat stays in the seat properly.
Car Seat Isn’t Installed Tightly.
A properly installed car seat will not be able to move more than one inch in any direction, either side or side or up and down. To do this, put your knee down on the seat belt and pull as hard as you can, making sure there is no wiggle room.
It’s essential that car seats be installed properly in order to prevent injuries if an accident cannot be. Sometimes, a car seat can malfunction, even if all precautions are taken beforehand. Whatever the case may be, you shouldn’t have to pay if you or your child was injured due to the negligence of another. Our firm can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
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