September is Baby Safety Awareness Month, which is the perfect opportunity for us to go over some of the most common mistakes people make with car seats. It is imperative that we work together to raise consumer awareness of safety issues pertaining to car seats, including the safe selection of them. Let’s face it, car seats can be tricky business and a downright hassle. However, they are also the thing that can save your child’s life in the event of a car accident. Child car seats were designed with the intention of keeping your infant, toddler, or growing kiddo safe when involved in a car accident. Whether you are simply driving around the corner to get gas or going on a cross-country road trip, your child should always be buckled into his or her car seat. However, many people do not follow these rules and in turn put their child in danger. The car accident attorneys at Rad Law Firm have represented people throughout both Texas and California on a wide range of car accident cases, many of which involve children. We have seen how devastating these types of cases can be for families, which is why we strive to do everything we can to prevent them from happening. If your child was injured in an accident due to the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Rad Law Firm today.
In order to give your child a fighting chance in a car accident, the following car seat safety mistakes should be avoided:
Mistake #1: Buying a used car seat. There are many used items for sale on the Internet today that offer a viable and budget-friendly alternative to buying something brand new, but a car seat shouldn’t be one of them. There have been numerous car seat recalls over the years, which is just one of the many reasons why buying a used car seat isn’t wise, as the previous owner may be untruthful or not have all the info to determine whether or not this particular car seat was recalled. It is also hard to know if a used car seat has ever been in a crash or if it is more than six years old, both of which are red flags.
Mistake #2: Placing the car seat in the wrong place. Knowing where to place the car seat is half the battle. The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, far away from any airbags. If it is placed in the front seat and you are involved in an accident, causing the airbags to deploy, the results could be catastrophic.
Mistake #3: Incorrectly buckling up your child. It is of the utmost importance that you know how to buckle up your child into his or her car seat before ever leaving the driveway. Every car seat is different, so be sure and read the instructions before driving off. Along the same lines, make sure you position the car seat’s carrying handle according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Mistake #4: Reclining your child at the wrong angle. Once you have the car seat placed in the backseat, in the rear-facing position, you can then recline it per the manufacturer’s instructions. It is critical that your child’s head does not flop forward. Depending on the seat you have, there may be angle indicators or levers for more accurate adjustments.
Do your part to keep your child safe in the unfortunate event of a car accident by following the above tips. If you have any questions about this information or would like to set up a free consultation with a car accident attorney from Rad Law Firm, please do not hesitate to contact us.