One of the most successful safety innovations in the auto industry of the 60’s is safety seats designed for children and infants riding in vehicles.
The seats are designed to hold children in place in case of an accident, preventing them from being ejected from the compartment of the passenger seat or thrown into the instrument panel or even other sections of the vehicle.
Safety seats are customized to the anatomy of children and designed for child restraint without the need for force application, which can be harmful to vulnerable parts of the body.
All vehicles now come standard with lap and shoulder belts designed specifically for adults, hence they are unsuitable for young children.
A leading cause of death in the U.S, and particularly McAllen, are motor vehicle injuries. However, most of these deaths can be prevented and this is where child safety seats comes in.
Risk Factors for Teens and Children
Drunk driving, unbelted drivers, failure to use safety seats and incorrect use of restraint systems have been identified by various studies as the main risk factors for children and teens involved in road crashes.
Prevention of Motor Vehicle Deaths and Injuries in Children
- Education programs, car seat distribution and car seat laws have been put in place to decrease deaths and injuries to child passengers while increasing the use of restraint.
- The use of booster seats or car seats by children aged at least 7 or 8 years, according to a study, reduced fatalities by 17%.
- It is also important to know the stages and how to properly buckle children in booster seats, car seats or even seat belts.
Rear-facing car seats are appropriate for children aged 2 years or less, forward-facing car seats for kids aged 2 to 5 years, booster seats for those at least 5 years (some states increased this to 7 or 8 years) and seat belts for adults and older children.
Jury Awards 34.4 million in a Car Seat Trial
Dorel Juvenile Inc., a car seat manufacturer, was ordered by a federal jury to pay the sum of $34.4 million to a family in East Texas for the life-threatening injuries and damages sustained by their child in 2013 during a car crash. The company was sued for negligence and failure to warn users of the impending danger while using its Safety 1st Summit seat in a forward facing car seat for children aged 2 years or less.
Personal Injury Attorney McAllen
We can’t stress enough the importance of using car seats to reduce the risk of personal injury to children in case of an auto accident. If you or members of your family have been hurt in an auto accident, contact a personal injury attorney in McAllen to help make a claim for the injuries or damages incurred. If you found this article helpful, please like or share it.