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Do We Need a New Child Safety Seat Policy?

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on June 22, 2017

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and improved safety is a primary concern for drivers, passengers, and automobile manufacturers everywhere. Parents naturally pay even greater attention to how they can protect their young children from the dangers posed by Connecticut roadways and highways.

Why Child Safety Seats?

According to the National Safety Council, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a vehicle crash every 33 seconds somewhere in the United States, with an average of two children killed and 308 injured daily. These frightening statistics show just how serious the threat is—parents must pay attention to the security of their children while driving, whether through the safety features of the car they purchase or the reliability of the safety seat.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that the proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of fatality by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers, and 45% for children ages 4 to 8. Our nation should have uniform laws and guidelines for proper child safety in vehicles because doing so would save lives.

Nationally, the NSC points out there are very few uniform guidelines when it comes to child passenger safety practices. This can leave parents in the dark when it comes to decisions about their child’s safety.

The NSC’s Safety Seat Guidelines

The NSC has issued a new statement with their recommended policy for child restraints in motor vehicles. Among their positions, they have called for all children to be placed in a child restraint device while in a vehicle until the child has grown to the appropriate weight, height, and developmental level to properly fit a seat belt. That’s generally between the ages of 8 to 12. They are also in favor of legislation that would require all children under 2 to be placed in rear-facing safety seats.

In addition, the NSC has outlined its positions with regards to other modes of transportation besides automobiles. They are in favor of lap and shoulder belts being added to school buses, and children less than 2 having their own child restraint devices on airplanes.

Will Anything Be Done in the Law?

The sad reality is that with the current state of regulation, which the NSC describes as “patchwork,” our children are at risk of injury or death due to poorly designed or manufactured safety devices that can do more harm than good. If your child has been injured due to such negligence, you need a Connecticut product liability attorney who fully understands the laws as they pertain to child safety and consumer protection.

The legal team at Naizby Law works with safety experts across all fields to ensure timely evidence collection and evaluation, so that we can put forth the best possible case on your behalf. Call one of our friendly representatives today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.

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