Child Passenger Safety Week is September 19-25. Now is a good time to discuss important reminders about keeping kids safe in cars. Although many parents assume that their children’s safety seats are indeed safe, approximately 75 percent of those seats are incorrectly installed.
Car Seats, Booster Seats, Seat Belts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that all children should ride in the backseat until they are at least 12 years old. This reduces the chance of injury by 40 percent.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide recommendations on the use of restraints for children of the following ages and sizes:
What You Can DoA few simple steps will help you protect your child’s safety:
The news has been filled with recalls of children’s equipment lately, including car seats. Add that to the dangers presented by improper installation and some parents’ failure to properly restrain their children, and the world can seem a dangerous place for children.
This is why Oklahoma law requires that children be restrained properly. Adults owe the children in their care the safest transportation available.
Seeking Legal Advice
Sometimes, no matter what we do to protect our children, accidents happen. If your child has been injured due to a faulty car seat, or because of another person’s negligence, call us today at (405) 301-8586 to discuss your legal options.