What Do the Wizard of Oz and Car Seats Have in Common?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 9, 2013

Cape Coral accident lawyerSeptember 15 through 21 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The theme of this year’s pubic safety campaign is “Getting Home Safely Is Only a Click Away.” The PSA also features Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, which explains the Wizard of Oz connection.

The goal is to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure their children are in the appropriate car seat. As highlighted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel.

The right seat will change as your child grows. Below are the basic recommendations:

  • Birth to 12 months: Children under age one should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
  • One to three years: Parents should try to keep children rear facing as long as possible, as it is proven to be the safest position in a crash. Once your child exceeds the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer, he or she should transition to a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
  • Four to seven years: Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat, the next step is a booster seat. Children should still remain in the back seat.
  • Eight to twelve years: Your child should continue to use a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. This means it should lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should cross the shoulder and chest and not the neck or face.

As we have previously highlighted on this Florida Injury Blog, car seats and booster seats are the single best way to protect your children during a car accidents. Choosing the right seat and using it properly can make all the difference.

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 Cape Coral car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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