Proper Child Safety in Your Vehicle
We use vehicles every day for a variety of tasks, such as getting to and from work, or picking up groceries from a local supermarket. Some people use their vehicles to travel across the United States or journey to popular vacation spots, such as a state park or beach. In this day and age, it is clear that vehicles are an integral component in the lives of many people.
However, not all passengers in a vehicle are fully-grown adults. Children often ride in the car, but vehicle safety systems cater the most to adults. Because of their size and weight, children may not be fully protected in the case of a car accident. As such, additional precautions must be taken to ensure proper child safety in your vehicle.
Many people imagine a child’s seat when they think of child safety. Indeed, child’s seats offer the best protection for younger passengers. When selecting and purchasing a child’s seat for your child be sure to take the following factors into consideration:
- Type. A variety of child seats are manufactured by different companies. In general, seats fall into two categories:
- Rear-Facing Seat: Featuring a style resembling a "cradle", rear facing seats are typically used for young children and infants. They often come with a special harness, and are designed to absorb shock and move with the direction of the vehicle to better protect your infant's fragile bones.
- Forward-Facing Seat: As your child continues to grow, you will need to make the transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat. This type features a style that resembles a cushioned chair, complete with additional seat belt straps. As the name implies, these seats position the child facing the front of the vehicle.
- Age of Child. Depending on the age of your child, a different style of seat may be required. Parents Central recommends that children use a rear-facing seat until the age of 3, but this can vary based on the height and weight of your child. From roughly 2-7 years old, your child should use a front facing seat. Finally, your child should use a booster seat from 7 to as late as 13 years old, where he or she should begin using normal seat belts.
Booster seats differ slightly from child seats. Instead of providing additional padding and seat belts, booster seats simply "boost" your child to the appropriate height so that your vehicle's default seat belts will adequately protect them. Booster Seats come in a variety of different sizes and types, so be sure select a seat that will properly position your child so that he or she is adequately protected by your vehicle's seat belts.
Make Your Vehicle Safe for the Road
While child and booster seats help protect the child, it is your responsibility as the driver to maintain the general safety of your vehicle. Be sure to keep up with inspections and check for key issues when repairing your vehicle. Otherwise, your vehicle may be subject to mechanical failure, which can put both you and your child at risk of injury.
Has your child been injured in a car accident? Do you believe your child seat or booster seat is faulty or unsafe for your child? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, contact Colley & Colley immediately. We will bring years of knowledge and experience to the table and help fight for the rights of both you and your child. For more information, contact an experienced attorney in Tyler, Texas today.