The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration just launched “National Child Passenger Safety Week” campaign to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use child safety and booster seats. The campaign runs betweens September 12-18.
The NHTSA wants parents to know that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6 and 8 to 14. In fact, 6,532 children ages 14 and younger were killed in car accidents in 2007.
Child safety seats save lives. The NHTSA estimates that 358 lives were saved in 2007 because of the proper use of child safety and booster seats. When correctly used, child restraint systems are 60 percent effective in preventing car accident fatalities.
The NHTSA reminds parents and caregivers that they must use the correct seat based on a child’s age and size. They also remind parents that no one under the age of 13 should ever sit in the front seat of a car and that children should ride in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years of age or 4’9″ or taller.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the families of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including pain and suffering.