The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued findings late this week that show too many children are not using appropriate child restraint and booster seats.
As our North Carolina child injury lawyers reported, authorities are urging parents to use Child Passenger Safety Week as an opportunity to review tips for keeping your child safe in and around vehicles.
Last year’s traffic data found that vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for young people ages 3 to 14. Each day, an average of four children are killed and almost 500 are injured in traffic accidents.
“Make no mistake about it: child safety seats save lives,” said Secretary LaHood. “Children who graduate too soon from their safety seats are at risk of serious injury. Parents and caregivers should ensure that safety seats are installed correctly and should always use them. Their children depend on it.”
Parents are encouraged to have their child safety seats inspected. Here is a list of child safety seat inspection stations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, it is important to remember that child safety seats are not all built the same and that moving a seat from one vehicle to another can change how effectively the seat functions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently rated more than 70 child seats based on how well they fit a wide variety of vehicles.
“We’re urging everyone to get their children’s safety seats inspected to make sure their kids are properly protected on every trip, every time. When it comes to child passenger safety, there is absolutely no room for error,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
Once children outgrow the forward-facing safety seats — usually about the age of 4 or 40 pounds — they should ride in booster seats until the age of 8 or until they reach 4’9″ tall.
The child injury attorneys at Lee & Smith represent clients dealing with the injury or death of a child throughout South and North Carolina, including North Wilkesboro, Charlotte and Concord. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.