Posted on September 24, 2015 in Personal Injury
September 13-19, 2015 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, which generates awareness about the importance of car safety, including the proper selection and use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Too many children between the ages of one and 13 are killed in car crashes, many of which could have been prevented if they were properly secured in their car seat.
The rules about car seats can be confusing. Which model is the most highly recommended? When is it safe to switch from a backward facing position to front facing? When can a child safely switch from a car seat to a booster seat? Parents want to make the right choices but do not always have the information available. National Child Passenger Safety Week brings attention to this issue in an effort to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries from improper use of car seats or seat belts.
Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing the appropriate car seat for your child’s age:
- Birth – 12 Months: children of this age should always be in a rear-facing seat
- 1-3 Years: It is ideal to keep your child in a rear-facing seat for as long as possible. Check with the car seat’s manufacturer to confirm the top height and weight limit. When your child reaches this limit, he or she can switch to a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether.
- 4-7 Years: Your child should remain in a forward-facing car seat until he or she reaches the height and weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. When your child has reached this limit, it is safe to switch to a booster seat, secured in the back seat.
- 8-12 Years: Keep your child in a booster seat until the lap belt can fit snugly across the upper thigh, not across the stomach, and the shoulder belt lies snugly across the shoulder and not the chest. It should never cross the neck or face. It is always safer for your child to ride in the back seat.
If your child has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy can help. We will thoroughly review the details of your case and make sure you receive the maximum financial compensation your child deserves. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 732-777-0100 or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Red Bank, Edison and Toms River, New Jersey and we serve clients throughout the state
September 13-19, 2015 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, which generates awareness about the importance of car safety, including the proper selection and use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.