Florida Personal Injury Attorney Recaps Child Passenger Safety Week

by Carmen Dellutri on October 2, 2011

As Florida personal injury attorneys, we are too familiar with the injuries that can result if a child is not properly restrained during a car accident. Therefore, we would like to pass along some of the important information highlighted during Child Passenger Safety Week.

Child Passenger Safety Week was recently held in Florida and across the country. The awareness campaign urged parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed and used in their vehicles according to updated best practice recommendations released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year.

Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a Florida car crash.

  • According to NHTSA, approximately 9,310 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2009 by the proper use of car seats.
  • Car seats reduce the likelihood of an infant (under 1 year old) being killed in a vehicle crash by 71 percent, and reduce the likelihood to toddlers (1 to 4 years old) by 54 percent in passenger cars.
  • All 50 states have laws requiring children to be restrained while riding in cars. For information about Florida’s laws, click here.

Car seats work best when used correctly.

  • Roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly.
  • In 2009, among children under 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 309 lives were saved by restraint use.
  • Failure to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with the car seat as well as those in the vehicle owner's manual can lead to incorrect installation, exposing child passengers to grave risk of serious injury or death in a crash.

Child restraint and vehicle manufacturers should do their part to help make car seat installation easier for consumers; specifically, they should:

  • Intuitively design child restraints, and clearly guide parents and caregivers on the main steps to follow for installation. Label child restraints to provide location cues for such things as correct handle and chest clip positions.
  • Improve the LATCH symbols within vehicles to help locate the anchor points.
  • Make sure that child restraint and vehicle labels and manuals agree and do not provide conflicting or missing information to consumers.
  • Anticipate common errors, and modify designs to reduce their potential; or add troubleshooting sections to the manual to address them.

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 Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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