There were roughly 1,500 kids under the age of 14-years-old who were killed in car accidents in Greenville and elsewhere in 2009. As a matter of fact, car accidents are the number one killer for this young age group. The deaths of these young ones in 2009 accounted for about 5 percent of the total number of traffic fatalities for the entire year. The prevention of these fatalities rely heavily on the car seats they're placed in and the way they're buckled it. That's all the parents' responsibility.
In addition to these young fatalities, there were nearly 200,000 who were injured in car accidents in the U.S. during 2009. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was an average of four fatalities and nearly 500 injuries that occurred every day within this young age group because of car accidents.
Our South Carolina car accident lawyers understand that many of these injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if parents had properly buckled in their children during every single car ride. To help make sure that all seats, including these new heavier-weight car seats, are doing their job, the NHTSA recently announced the addition of its new "10-year-old" crash dummy. This new kid dummy is going to better help researchers test the new wave of heavier-weight kid car seats, the seats that are designed for children between 65 and 80 pounds. It is also designed to help protect children up to 4 feet 9 inches.
"It's good news that manufacturers are making more car seats and boosters than ever before designed to keep older and heavier children safer on our roadways," said U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood.
As the marketplace for child car seats continues to grow and expand, it's important for safety regulators to keep up. This new child dummy is the perfect answer, for right now, for testing these products. The NHTSA is already working on advancing this new kid dummy and making the testing more rigorous to keep kids safe in the event of an accident.
Parents are urged to check out these new child car seat recommendations from the NHTSA. These car seats are only effective if parents are willing to place kids in the proper seats and buckle them in correctly. Parents are the key in keeping these young ones safe. Parents and guardians are also urged to check out a child seat inspection location in South Carolina to make sure that their kid's seat is working for their child and that they're properly using it. Statistics estimate that about 70 percent of children are improperly buckled in every day.
The Lee Law Offices, P.A. represents parents and kids who have been hurt in a South Carolina car accidents. If you, your child or someone else who is close to you has been injured or killed in a car accident, call for a free and confidential appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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