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Child Car Safety Restraints Save Young Lives

Published June 9, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

In an ongoing effort to protect children from serious injury and death from a car accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes guidelines on proper child safety restraint utilization. This includes rear-facing car safety seats, booster seats and harness use for older children, and back seat riding seats for children up to 12-years old.

Statistics reported for 2008 showed that of the 240 children under the age of 4 who were killed in car accidents, 31% or 74 were unrestrained. That percentage increased to 36% for children between the ages of 4 and 7 who were fatally injured in vehicle crashes.

Drivers in Binghamton who have young passengers should be aware of the restraint laws in New York and follow the NHTSA guidelines on car seat and restraint use. Proper restraint is especially important on long trips during this vacation period.

Properly restrained children have a 74% greater chance of surviving a car crash. The NHTSA offers information on local assistance for proper car seat installation and also provides other guidelines as follows:

  • Select a car seat based on the child passenger’s age and size, and follow the recommendations in the car owner’s manual for proper fit for the vehicle.
  • Follow specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system, and check height and weight limits.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s height and weight recommendations and keep the child in the seat as long as possible.

All New York drivers with young children should maintain awareness of safety concerns with specific car seats and sign up for email recall notifications on the NHTSA website.

Our injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage New York drivers to follow the guidelines published by the NHTSA and other child safety organizations to increase the chances of young passengers surviving vehicle accidents.

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If you or your child have suffered harm as the result of a New York car accident, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

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