Importance of Car Seat Safety Highlighted by Tragic Florida Car Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on November 15, 2011

In a tragic Florida car accident a few weeks ago, a toddler in a car seat was ejected from an SUV during the crash and later died. Although the child’s parents strapped the boy inside his car seat, the seat was not secured to the SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

This unfortunate accident serves as a sad reminder that parents should always secure their children in appropriate child safety seats, and be sure to secure the seat into the vehicle properly. Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars, if they are used properly.

Unfortunately, a recent study revealed that car seat mistakes are more common that parents might expect. In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of seats showed at least one critical misuse. The most common form of misuse for all child restraints included loose safety belt attachment to the child restraint and loose harness straps securing the child to the child restraint system.

As Florida personal injury attorneys, we hate to see child injuries that could have been prevented. Therefore, we would like to share the following car seat recommendations for children:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • Find a car seat inspection station near you. Certified technicians will inspect your child car seat (in most cases, free of charge) and show you how to correctly install and use it.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
  • Register your car seat. All child seats come with a registration form so that owners can provide their names and addresses to the manufacturer. In the event of a recall manufacturers are required to notify all registered owners by first class mail that their child seat is included in the recall.

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 car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, 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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