The week of September 17-23 has been designated as Child Passenger Safety Week. It’s a good time to review car passenger safety for your children to make sure they are safe whenever they are traveling in a motor vehicle. At Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law, our Nashville passenger injury attorneys would like to remind you that it’s also a good time to review what you should do if you’re involved in an accident and have a child safety seat.
Keeping Your Kids Safe
You should always follow the most recent NHTSA recommendations for car safety seats. Smaller children should remain in rear-facing child seats for as long as possible. Once your child is over 2 or has reached the maximum height or weight for their rear-facing seat, they can move to a front-facing seat. Many front-facing seats will allow you to continue to use it until your child reaches 50 to 85 pounds. Once your child outgrows his or her front-facing seat, they can move to a booster seat until they reach 100 pounds or outgrow the seat’s maximum recommended height.
Always make sure to properly fasten your child into their safety seat. If your child no longer uses a safety seat, make sure they use a seat belt. All children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat of your vehicle.
NHTSA Recommends Replacing Child Car Seats
If you’ve been in car crash, you might need to replace your child’s car seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends replacing child safety seats after a moderate or severe car crash. This also includes booster seats for bigger children, in addition to infant and toddler safety seats.
You might not realize that your car’s insurance policy covers your child’s safety seat. Most insurance companies will cover the cost to replace your child’s safety seat or booster seat. To be reimbursed for your child’s car seat, it must meet NHTSA’s criteria for car seats.
Consideration for Minor Car Crashes
The NHTSA now recommend that you do not need to automatically replace a car seat if your accident was a minor crash. A minor crash means:
- No visible damage to your child’s safety seat;
- You could drive your car away from the scene of the crash;
- No one in the crash sustained any injuries;
- No airbags deployed during the crash; and,
- The vehicle door closest to the car seat received no damage.
When in doubt, we recommend replacing your child’s car safety or booster seat. This will help ensure that proper protection of your child in the event of another accident.
Nashville Passenger Injury Attorneys Who Care
A serious car accident can be catastrophic, but when a child receives seriously injuries, the tragedy compounds. You may face expensive medical bills and years of physical or occupational therapy, depending on the severity of your child’s injury. Whether the negligence of another driver or a manufacturer’s defect with his or her car safety seat or booster seat caused the injury, you deserve compensation for the rough road your family will face.
The Nashville passenger injury attorneys at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law will help you in your time of need. Call to schedule your free consultation at any time at (615) 422-2222. Our normal offers hours range 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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