Port Charlotte Injury Lawyers: The Top Car Seat Mistakes

by Carmen Dellutri on October 9, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyCar seats can be instrumental in protecting children during a Port Charlotte car accident. However, in order to prevent injury, they must be used properly.

A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey revealed that parents make five common mistakes when using car seats and booster seats. It also found that one in five parents do not read any instructions when installing seats.

"The key to keeping kids safe is to make sure your child is in the right seat for their age and size - and to make sure that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle," said Secretary Ray LaHood. "We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many resources available to ensure you've done everything to properly protect your child."

According to the NHTSA, below are the top five most common mistakes:

  1. Wrong harness slot used - The harness straps used to hold the child in the car seat were positioned either too low or too high;
  2. Harness chest clip positioned over the abdomen rather than the chest or not used at all;
  3. Loose car seat installation - The restraint system moved more than two inches side-to-side or front to back; anything more than one inch is too much.
  4. Loose harness - More than two inches of total slack between the child and the harness strap; there should be no slack.
  5. Seat belt placement was wrong – Lap belt resting over the stomach and/or shoulder belt on the child's neck or face.

As Port Charlotte injury lawyers, we urge parents and caregivers to carefully review all of the safety instructions before installing a car seat or booster seat. In addition, we also encourage parents to take advantage of free car seat inspections offered by local law enforcement.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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