If your children ride in car seats or booster seats, you know how important these safety devices are for reducing their risks if you’re involved in an accident. But did you know that child safety seats can be easily rendered less effective due to improper installation or a few minor oversights? The next time your children ride with you in your vehicle, keep these tips in mind to further reduce their risks:
- Choose your child’s jacket wisely—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reminded parents that bulky winter jackets can make car seats less effective for children. That’s because the bulkiness of their jackets can result in a loose fit of the harness. Instead of puffy materials, choose jackets and clothing made with lightweight and form-fitting fleece.
- Take advantage of free car seat installation demonstrations—Fire and police departments throughout Middle Tennessee frequently offer car seat checks for parents to ensure their seats are properly installed. Check your local news to find out when the next one near you will be, or schedule a visit with a trained technician by entering your zip code here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats
- Replace your child’s car seat if it has been involved in an accident—Car seats are much less effective after they’ve been involved in an accident. Even if you were in a minor accident, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Damaged car seats may fail to properly secure children during crashes, putting them at significant risk.
Were you or your child hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver? If so, the Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.