The car seat is one of the most useful inventions of the modern era for promoting automobile safety for small children. Since children are smaller than adults, the normal safety features in vehicles, such as typical seat belts, are not designed to assist. Even still, there are a few important things to keep in mind, as a parent, to ensure the maximum amount of safety for all your children as they ride in the family car.
It might seem like common sense, but it is very important for the car seat for a child to be placed in the back seat. This is because it is safer place from being thrown forward and the air bags that deploy in the front seats can smother small children, doing much more harm than good. Similarly, having the car seat face the back of the vehicle is a good idea, especially for infants under 22 pounds. As children get bigger, around 40 pounds, it would be time to switch to a booster seat, which is better adept to this age group.
One of the most important things that can overlooked easily is to make sure that all safety straps are snuggly in place in a car seat. It does minimal good to have a car seat that is loose, as it drastically decreases the effectiveness of it. This also applies for safety belts on booster seats and regular seat belts on older children. When in doubt, always follow all safety procedures present in the documentation that came with the car or booster seat, as they will have instructions specific to that model.
Even if all safety regulations are taken into consideration, sometimes accidents do happen. If you find yourself or your children injured in an automobile accident, it is fair and encouraged to seek compensation against the liable party to cover expensive medical costs and help you and your children quicker down to the road to recovery. For more information about how the Franco Law Firm can help settle your personal injury case, please call us at (813) 872-0929.