Child car seat safety
Some states are seeing a decline in the use of child safety seats, especially among older children. Washington state law requires children to be buckled into a car seat or booster seat until they reach eight years of age or 4'9" tall. This is a disturbing trend that we hope does not continue.
While some parents or caregivers neglect to buckle children up, others are not properly installing car seats. The most common mistake that parents make is not installing a rear-facing seat at the proper angle. Another common mistake is not properly placing the shoulder belt across the shoulder and chest. Some studies suggest that 1 in 3 car seats are not installed properly.
Winter car seat safety
Winter months make can make car seat fit especially problematic because bulky coats and winter gear can affect the car seat straps. Straps should be fitted snugly across a child but a coat or snow suit creates spaces which can allow a child to shift in the seat if the car stops abruptly. It can also result in a child being ejected from the car seat in a car accident.
It is recommended that children should be buckled up in no more than a sweatshirt or sweater. Use can use the winter coat for a blanket or use a car seat cover.
If you would like help in insuring your child's car seat is properly fitted, see www.carsafekids.org for information on child safety seat inspection stations. Many of our local hospitals have then including Overlake Hospital, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Evergreen Hospital.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.