child car seat safety

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Keeping Your Child Safe?

It is important to ensure that your child’s car seat is protecting your child every time you buckle your child in; however, as families prepare for the busy summer travel season, reviewing child car seat safety tips can help prevent a tragic accident.

Children’s Car Seat Safety By The Numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

    • More than 127,500 children 12 years of age and under were injured in motor vehicle accidents during 2013. During that same year, 638 children in the same age bracket died in motor vehicle accidents.
    • Thirty-eight percent of the children who died in car crashes during 2013, were not in a child safety seat or a seat belt at the time of the collision.
    • One study found that over 618,000 children from 0 to 12 years rode in a vehicle without a car seat, booster seat, or wearing a seat belt in one year.
    • Seat belt use reduces the risk of serious injury and death for older children by one half.
    • Using a booster seat reduces the risk of serious injury by forty-five percent for children four to eight years of age compared to using a seat belt alone.
    • Using a car seat reduces the risk of death to infants by seventy-one percent and by fifty-four percent for toddlers.

As of January 1, 2015, Florida law requires that infants and children under the age of 4 years ride in either a federally approved car seat or booster seat. Children ages four and five must in a booster seat approved for their age and weight. A violation of the child restraint law may result in a fine and up to three points on your driver’s license.

Properly Installing a Car Seat or Booster Seat

As a parent, you want to take every precaution you can to protect your child at all times, including when your child is riding in a vehicle. A safety seat can only protect your child if it is properly installed. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installing of the car seat or booster seat. You can also find helpful tips and instructions for proper car seat installation from Parents Central and Safe Kids.

If you are unsure if your child’s car seat is installed properly, you can visit a child car seat inspection station in your area. In most cases, a technician trained and certified in the installation of car seats will inspect your car seat free of charge.

Have You or Your Child Been Injured in a Car Accident?

The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. represents injury victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.

You may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages from a car accident including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other compensable expenses.