Car seats save lives when used properly

Car seats save lives when used properly

When you get in a vehicle with a child, it is vital that the child is secured properly. If you are involved in an accident, a child safety seat can mean the difference between life and death for the child. While you plan on driving safely, you can’t control the actions of the other drivers on the road. That means that you can’t prevent every accident from occurring.

Child safety seats

A child safety seat helps to protect the child in a number of ways. These seats help to absorb the impact of the accident and prevent the child from being crushed by the impact. The car seat also spreads the remaining force of the impact across the child’s entire body. They can help to stop the child from being thrown from the vehicle by holding the child in the seat.

Alabama, like most states, has specific laws that govern car seat use for children. The law includes a graduated car safety seat system that includes rear-facing seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Car Seat Safety

A child who is under 2 years old should be in a rear-facing seat unless he or she has grown out of the rear-facing seat. Once the child turns 2 years old or outgrows the rear-facing seat, they can move to a forward-facing seat. They should stay in the forward-facing seat until they reach the height and weight limits set by the manufacturer. When the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, they move into a booster seat until they are big enough to safely use the seat belts in the vehicle.

If you are in an accident and your child is injured, you might opt to seek compensation for the injuries. Make sure that you understand the laws that govern these types of civil claims.

Source: Alabama Public Health, “Child Restraints: Car Seats and Booster Seats,” accessed June 26, 2015