Every year, thousands of children are killed in auto accidents throughout Pennsylvania, and hundreds in Philadelphia. Many of these children are not properly restrained in age- or size-appropriate child safety seats, which could have easily saved their lives. For this reason, it is essential for parents to learn the importance of properly restraining children every time they get into a car.
The Startling Statistics
According to the CDC, properly restraining your children in the right type of seat and using it correctly can greatly reduce the risk of fatalities, in even serious accidents. For instance, the appropriate use of an infant restraint for children under one year can reduce their death risks by as much as 71 percent. Risks for toddlers ages 1 to 4 reduce by 54 percent. As children move into booster seats around the age of 5, their risks of serious injury reduce by 45 percent when using the proper seat. These statistics show how many lives could be saved if parents are diligent with the use of car seats and booster seats each time the child travels in a vehicle.
The Proper Installation
The safety of a car seat is specifically related to its proper installation. Some parents simply buckle in the seat using the vehicle's safety belt system or the new anchor system and assume it is safe. However, many seats require you to tighten the seat belts or latch belts to an extreme degree. This can often be difficult for many people. Others simply don't take the time to do it. If you aren't sure if your car seat is installed properly, visit your local fire department or police station. Many of them offer free car seat installation or checks so you can be sure your child's seat is completely safe.
Securing Your Child in the Seat
In addition to installing the seat properly, it is essential to always restrain your child within the seat properly. Make sure straps are snug on your child. You should not be able to place more than a finger between your child and the harness straps. While some children don't like the tight feeling, it is necessary for their safety. The chest clip should always be positioned in the middle of your child's chest, even with his or her armpits. Finally, make sure the straps are always straight. If they become twisted, you may need to take the seat apart and put it back together.
Always Secure Your Child
Many people know how important it is to secure their child, but don't always take the time to do so. For instance, some parents become frustrated by a crying infant and take him or her out of the car seat to feed or comfort the baby while driving. If you must do this, pull over and take care of the child before going on your way. Others think they can leave a child unrestrained if they are only driving a few blocks away. Unfortunately, you are at risk of a car accident any time you get in the car. For this reason, you must always restrain your child, no matter what.
Properly restraining your child in an approved car seat or booster seat until the ages and weights dictated by the government is essential to your child's safety. In many cases, restraining a child can make a difference between death and minor injuries in the event of a car accident. Life is precious and must be protected. Children count on their parents to keep them safe. While it is easy to shrug off car seat installation, securing your child in the car seat properly and even putting him in a seat at all, it is not in their best interest. Therefore, no matter how far you are traveling, always make sure you follow the right steps to keep your child as safe as you possibly can. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the car accident attorneys of the Lassen Law Firm if you want maximum compensation.
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