Dallas, Tx, 01/05/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are a leading cause of death in children. However, the appropriate use of booster seats, car seats, and safety belts help reduce the risks of serious and fatal injuries significantly. Unfortunately, statistics show that many children are being allowed to ride in vehicles without the use of proper safety support.
Source: CDC Article “Child Passenger Safety: Get the Facts”
“In the United States during 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured.
One CDC study found that, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.”
Of the children who died in a crash in 2011, 33% were not buckled up.”
To read more visit http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Child_Passenger_Safety/CPS-Factsheet.html.
In addition to the alarming number of children who ride without the use of these safety mechanisms, many who are placed in safety seats are incorrectly restrained. Says Dallas based car accident attorney Amy Witherite of the Eberstein Witherite LLP law firm, “With so many children set to make their return to school and daycare post summer vacation, it is important that parents include in their list of preparations tools for how to keep them safe during daily commutes.”
The Texas personal injury lawyer says that among the most common errors parents and guardians make in placing children in safety seats that leave them vulnerable in the event of an accident are:
Allowing harness straps to remain loose when children are facing the rear in their car seats – Harness straps should be tight enough that the webbing cannot be pinched and be at the height of the child’s shoulder or lower.
Using the wrong car seat – A safety or booster seat must accommodate the height and weight of a child vehicle occupant. If it doesn’t then it won’t provide the proper protection.
If the child safety seat used has been recalled, failing to discontinue its use – A recent recall on car seats made by Britax is one of many that have been initiated in recent years.
Source: AP Report “Britax recalls 213,753 car seats for harness adjuster flaw”
“Britax is recalling more than 200,000 child car seats with harness adjuster buttons that may stick and cause the shoulder straps to loosen.The recall focuses on several models of its Advocate, Boulevard and Marathon ClickTight car seats, all made between Aug. 1, 2014 and July 29. Britax said Friday that no injuries have been reported in connection with the problem.
If one has purchased a child safety restraint item that has been put on a recall list they should discontinue using it immediately upon learning about the recall, and turn it in. Says Witherite “not wanting to go through the hassle of returning a potentially defective car seat, or pay the cost of a new one may lead parents to regret the decision in the long run if their child is injured as a result.”
Although not all child car accident injuries can be prevented, related risks can be significantly diminished by taking necessary safety precautions. It is important that parents recognize the need and practice ways to keep child passengers protected from serious accident injury.
More information about child car safety can be found by visiting the Eberstein Witherite blog.
Eberstein Witherite LLP
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