The National Transportation Safety Board (NHTSB) held a forum this week to provide recommendations on child car seat safety.
Studies have shown that small children in rear-facing car seats are five times safer than children in forward-facing car seats yet parents are not getting this message. In addition, poorly designed car seats, improper installation and poor seat fit can effect how well a car seat protects in a car accident.
In other countries like Sweden, children remain in rear-facing car seats until they are 4-years-old.
Car Safety for Children:
- All children under the age of 13 should ride in the rear seat.
- Car seats should be placed in the center of the rear seat.
- Infants should be in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the age of 1 or weight at least 20 pounds. Though this is a minimum requirement, studies suggest children should be in a rear-facing seat as long as possible.
- Children should remain in forward-facing car seats until they are at least 4 years of age and are at least 50 pounds.
- Children between the ages of 4 to 8 should be placed in booster seats.
- After children are 8 years old and at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, they should remain in the rear seat and be required to always wear seat belts.
For great information on car seats and booster seats, see The Car Seat Lady web-site.
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 Seattle Motor Vehicle Accidents and the family of those killed.
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