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Car seat safety is vital for kids

Parents work to protect their children in various ways, and you undoubtedly have the desire to shield your kids from harm. Of course, you cannot protect them from every potential hazard that they could come across. Even just taking kids out to the grocery store can pose a substantial risk, as a car accident could easily take place.

Because children are so vulnerable to injury, it is always important to make sure that they are properly restrained while inside a vehicle. You certainly do not want your child hurt due to a mistake on your part when it comes to child seat safety. Even if you do your part to stay focused and cautious behind the wheel, other drivers may not be so conscious about your child's safety.

How should your child ride?

The idea of getting into a car accident with your child in the vehicle may be nightmare fuel, but you know that you cannot always leave your child with someone else when you need to run an errand. In order to help keep your child safe, you may want to remember the following car seat recommendations:

  • Car seats have specific height and weight requirements. If your child is under the age of 2, he or she should remain in a rear-facing seat unless the child outgrows the height or weight restrictions.
  • While you may worry about your child's leg room in a rear-facing seat, children can typically ride safely and comfortably until exceeding the height requirement.
  • After aging out or growing out of a rear-facing seat, your child should use a forward-facing seat with a five-point harness.

Even after outgrowing a forward-facing car seat, it does not mean that your child is ready to sit unassisted in the car. Your child needs a booster seat until the seat belt fits correctly. Additionally, even if you only have one child, he or she should ride in the back seat of the car until the age of 13.

What if your child suffers injuries?

Even after doing your due diligence and making sure your child's safety seat suits his or her particular needs, and that you have utilized the seat correctly, your child could still suffer injuries in a car accident. A negligent driver may have caused a crash that turned your world upside down. Undoubtedly distraught about the harm your child suffered, you may want to consider seeking justice and compensation. Fortunately, you may have the chance to do so by filing a personal injury claim in civil court.

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