Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are looking out for the safety of our youngest travelers, and they’re turning to the parents and guardians for help. As a part of Child Passenger Safety Week, officials are raising awareness about the safety benefits associated with the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts for young children.
“Safety is our top priority, particularly when it comes to protecting our children – who are our most vulnerable passengers,” said U. . Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Our Portland child injury lawyers understand that Maine’s Child Passenger Safety (CPS) law is one of the strongest in the country. The law requires that children who weigh less than 40 pounds are required to ride in a child safety seat; children less than 80 pounds ride in a federally-approved child restraint system; and children over the age of 8 (or taller than 4’9″) ride with a properly-secured seat belt. Also, children under 12 and who weighs less than 100 lbs. must be properly secured in the back seat of the vehicle, according to Maine’s Bureau of Highway Safety.
The truth of the matter is that motor vehicle accidents continue to be the top cause of death for children across the U. . Officials report that about 2 children were killed and another 15 were injured every day while riding in cars in this country. On the other hand, officials estimate that about 10,000 lives under the age of 5 were saved in recent years because of properly-used child restraint systems.
To help protect children in the vehicle:
-Check to see if your child’s seat fits their size and weight.
-Make sure you look over the instructions that came with the seat to make sure that you’re using it correctly.
-Stop by one of the Car Seat Inspection Stations in the state and have your seat looked over the a certified technician.
-Make sure you’re setting a safe example by buckling in during each car ride. Parents are much more likely to buckle in their children when they make it a habit to wear their own seat belt.
-Check to make sure that the others who may transport you child, like a babysitter or a daycare center, are also aware of the proper ways to keep children safe in a passenger vehicle, too. Make sure they’ve got the proper seats installed to protect them in the event of an accident.
-Head over to SaferCar.gov and register your car seat or child’s booster seat. This way, you can get up-to-date information regarding your specific seat, including recall information.
Engineers are working hard to ensure that cars and car seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But it’s up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly.
Contact the experienced injury lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates if you or your child has been injured in a car accident. Call 1-800-804-2004 for a free consultation to speak to an attorney about your case.
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