It’s a simple, yet very important question that must be addressed. Why? Because in 2015 alone, 2,478,000 children were either injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash many of which were unrestrained [Source: Insurance Information Institute (III)].
While we have all grown to understand just how dangerous and deadly motor vehicles can be, too many children are losing their lives in car accidents or suffering serious injuries as a result of them. Did you know that in 2015, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children between the ages of five to 14 [Source: III]? While the impact from a collision is enough to cause a child to suffer fatal injuries, many of the fatalities that are reported could actually have been prevented had the child been properly restrained.
The sad truth is many children today, even those who are still required to ride in a car seat, aren’t buckled in properly which raises the risk of them suffering serious or fatal injuries in the event of a crash. So, if you are a parent, it is essential that you not only take the time to ensure your child is properly buckled in their seat, but that his or her car seat or booster seat is installed in your vehicle according to the directions found in the manufacturer’s manual. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts all serve a very important purpose, and that is, to save a life or reduce the chances of a child suffering serious injuries.
Given the facts and statistics mentioned above, below we are sharing with you some useful resources that can help you better understand how a child’s car seat or booster seat should be installed in your vehicle along with how to properly buckle in a child.
How to Properly Install a Car Seat or Booster Seat
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes the need for more information to be provided to the public regarding the proper way to fasten in a car seat or booster seat which is why it has provided these resources for you.
- Tips for Installing Rear-Facing Car Seats (Infant Seat)
- Tips for Installing Rear-Facing Car Seats (Convertible Seat)
- Tips for Installing Rear-Facing Car Seats (All-in-One Seat)
- Tips for Installing Forward-Facing Car Seat (Convertible Car Seat)
- Tips for Installing Forward-Facing Car Seat (Combination Car Seat)
- Tips for Installing Forward-Facing Car Seat (All-in-One)
If your child is riding in a booster seat or you are preparing to transition him or her from their car seat to a booster seat, consider these tips:
- How to Install a High-Back Booster Seat
- How to Install a Backless Booster Seat
- How to Install a Combination Car Sear as a Booster Seat
- How to Install an All-in-One Car Seat Used as a Booster
For all other children who have outgrown the height and weight limitations of their car seat and booster seat, consider reading through these tips the NHTSA has to offer on proper seat belt use.
Now, if you and/or your child recently suffered injuries in an automobile accident in Cedar Rapids, IA, whether you were properly buckled in or not, you are encouraged to contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. to speak with an experienced a IA car accident attorney who can determine how much you should receive in damages. Car accidents not only bring on pain and suffering, but they can also cause financial strain. So, if you would like to find out what you and your family are entitled to collect for all the physical and psychological injuries you suffered, we recommend that you contact our office today.
You can reach Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. at:
1921 51st Street NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1020
Fax: (319) 393-4000