Safety Tips for Installing Car Seats

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You may think that you know how to install car seats, but that would be a mistake. While installing car seats may seem intuitive, this could not be further from the truth.

Research has shown that properly installed car seats can decrease the risk of injury to infants and children by at least 50 percent. For toddlers, the reduction in injury risk is even greater at 70 percent.

Despite clear research demonstrating the importance of properly using car seats, the fact remains that thousands of infants, toddlers and young children are injured because they are not properly secured.

By ensuring that you know which car seat to use for which age group and how to install said car seat in your vehicle, you can protect your children and avoid car accident injuries.

Depending on the age of the child, parents should use:

  • Car seats (rear-facing)
  • Car seats (forward-facing)
  • Booster seats
  • Seatbelts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified safety guidelines that parents can use to select the proper safety device to restrain their children in vehicles.

The age guidelines are as follows:

  • Ages 1 and below: Rear-facing car seats
  • Ages 2 to 5: Forward facing car seats
  • Ages 5 and up: Booster seats

In addition to the age guidelines issued by the CDC, parents should also consider the child’s weight and height before transitioning children into a different type of car seat. Pediatricians are a great resource for parents.

It is better to ask for help in installing car seats than risk injuring your child. By following the owner’s manual to the letter and asking for help from certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, parents can ensure that they have the proper car seat selected and properly installed.

At Inkelaar Law, we take the safety of children very seriously. If your child is injured, it is possible that negligenceis the cause. Thousands of car seats have been recalled for manufacturing defects. Whether it is the negligence of the car seat manufacturer or the car company that produced your vehicle, you may have a personal injury claim.

If your child has been harmed, please contact us today.

Call 1-877-537-4665 or use our online contact form.

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Written by Inkelaar Law