national Child Passenger Safety Week and our experienced Newburgh car seat accident attorneys are providing
you with information how to protect the youngest member of your family.
We know that there are many different types of car seats available to
parents and it can be daunting to make an informed decision. Each seat
will have its own instructions and proper way to be installed. Moreover,
the car seat chosen must be tailored to the child’s age and weight.
Child car seats are important to protect your children from
car accidents. There are several different age categories that typically define what
type of car seat to choose for the child. With that said, the categories
are not meant to be utterly rigid because the child’s weight and
height will also factor into the equation.
Infants and toddlers under three years of age should only be placed in
rear facing seats. The company that manufactured the particular seat being
used by the child will inform as to the maximum height and weight limitations
of the seat. Once these are reached, the child will graduate to the next
level. A smaller child might be kept in the rear facing seat beyond the
age of two if those maximum limitations are not met. Depending on the
car seat manufacturer, this could be anywhere between twenty two and forty
pounds. However, rear facing car seats that can be converted to forward
facing seats may have higher weight limitations.
The rear facing seat can sometimes be converted into a forward facing seat,
if it was manufactured for such use. Otherwise, parents will have to purchase
a new car seat that is forward facing when the child grows out of the
rear facing car seat. Again, the manufacturer will provide instructions
on how to properly install the car seat and it will have information about
height and weight limitations. These seats, as do others, will be secured
to the vehicle by the seat belt itself along with anchors and tethers.
The car seat harness is what secures the child to the seat. Your child
will use this type of seat to four years of age. Of course it could be
longer for smaller children. Some seats and harnesses are manufactured
for larger children so that they can remain in this type of car seat to age four.
Once outgrown, the forward facing seat should no longer be used and the
child should begin using a booster seat. These are more important than
many people realize. Most importantly, booster seats position the child
in a manner that allows the vehicle seat belt to properly rest across
the child’s shoulder and waist. Children will have to be around
four feet nine inches until they discontinue the use of a booster seat.
Sometimes, children will not be twelve years old until this happens.
The child should then wear a vehicle seat belt for the rest of his or her
life whenever riding in a car. It is imperative that a child be protected
by car seats in case of a
car accident, which could serious injury a child due to their younger bodies which
are still developing.
Are you interested in learning more about car seat safety and liability?
To learn more from our latest article on car seats, liability in a car
accident, and what happens when the car seat is defective
by clicking here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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