Car Seat Safety – What You Need to Know

Car Seat Safety – What You Need to Know

Walter Clark Legal Group is sponsoring a car seat safety booth at the 13th annual Fall Family Festival in La Quinta. This booth will help reinforce the importance of using car seats for small children rather than standard adult automobile seating. You can review the information provided here to start learning more about modern car seat safety.

The Basics of Car Seat Safety

If you have a young child, a car seat is an absolute must during car trips. No matter how far you may be traveling or the route you are taking, a car seat should be an integral part of your safety plan.
Although many parents know that a car seat can protect their children from injury during a collision, knowing how to properly set up the car seat to ensure the best possible protection is more complex.

Your child’s age will directly influence which type of car seat you should use and how it should be oriented in your vehicle. With that in mind, you can use the information provided below to gain a better idea how to install your car seat.

Finding the Right Car Seat For Your Child

No matter if you are driving on I-1o through the Coachella Valley or on smaller back roads, always check your child’s car seat before you start driving. You can use the following guidelines to make sure that the seat is positioned properly in your vehicle.

  • Car Seats for Infants and Toddlers: Only rear-facing car seats should be used with children in this age bracket. Parents should check the maximum height and weight limits included with their car seat to make the right decision when it comes to transitioning their child out of this particular safety seat.
  • Car Seats for Toddlers and Preschoolers: When a child outgrows the height / weight limits of their rear-facing car seat, they are ready for a front-facing car seat. Generally speaking, front-facing car seats can safely protect children who weight up to 65 pounds. Parents should  check to make sure that the harness included with the car seat is long enough to secure their child to the seat.
  • Car Seats for School Children: If your child has outgrown their front-facing car seat, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are ready for standard adult seats and seat belts. In fact, your child should continue to use a booster seat until the seat beat can fit properly across their waist. This commonly occurs when the child has reached a height of at least 4′ 9″. Most importantly, children under the age 0f 13 should continue to ride in the back seat of the car.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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