According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are the leading cause of death of children aged 12 and under. It is extremely important that children are properly restrained in an appropriate safety seat every single time they get in the car. Knowing which seat is the right one, and how to use it properly, is not always easy, however. Here are some tips on picking and using a safety seat for your child.
Read the Manufacturer’s Recommendations
When you are looking at child safety seats at the store or online, look at the height and weight recommendations. They will give a minimum and maximum height as well as a minimum and maximum weight for the seat. As general rule, it is wise to keep your child in the seat that provides the most protection for as long as possible. However, if your child gets to be too tall or too heavy for the seat that they are in, their safety may be compromised,and it is time for a different seat.
Check Your Vehicle Owner’s Manual for Installation
Your car or truck’s owner’s manual gives the location and proper use of anchor points and how to lock seat belts. A child safety seat can be safely installed using anchors and tether OR seat belt, but each vehicle is different. Make sure that you know exactly how to safely install the child safety seat in your vehicle.
Your Children Should Always Sit in the Back Seat
Even after your child is too big for a booster seat, he or she is still safest in the back seat. At least until the age of 12, it is a good idea to have your child ride in the back. They should sit in a booster seat until they are big enough for the seat belt to sit across the thighs and chest without the booster. Even then, however, your child is still safer in the back seat.
Contact the experienced Denver auto accident attorneys at the Gold Law Firm today if your child has been injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, child safety seats can only do so much to protect our children, and when an accident is caused by the negligence of another driver, your child may be injured even if he or she is properly restrained. The dedicated, compassionate Denver auto accident attorneys at the Gold Law Firm work hard to recover the maximum possible compensation for every client. If your child has been injured by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost time at work to care for the child, and pain and suffering. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact the Gold Law Firm today at (303)694-4653.