The legal team at Stewart Law Offices invites you to join us as we recognize Child Passenger Safety Week from September 18-24, 2022. We are passionate about giving back to the communities we serve and advocating for children and families throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. Please read on to learn more about Child Passenger Safety Week and what you can do to protect infant and child passengers.
What Is Child Passenger Safety Week?
Child Passenger Safety Week is a national campaign that takes place every September. Organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the campaign highlights the importance of protecting our youngest and most vulnerable road users by ensuring that children are properly secured in car seats or seatbelts. The week features car seat safety tips and information for parents and other caregivers.
The week culminates with National Seat Check Saturday, where parents and caregivers can get advice from certified child passenger safety technicians on selecting the right car seat or booster seat for their children. National Seat Check Saturday is recognized in communities across the United States and includes free demonstrations of proper installation and use of car seats and booster seats.
Facts to Know about Child Passenger Safety
Unfortunately, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, more than 600 child passengers died in traffic crashes in one recent year, nearly 40 percent of whom were unrestrained. That same year, approximately two children under 13 were killed and 374 were injured each day while riding in passenger vehicles.
Here are some tips for keeping child passengers safe:
- Children under 13 should always ride in the back seat and use booster seats until they outgrow the maximum height and weight limits set by the manufacturer.
- Infants should always ride in rear-facing infant seats until they outgrow them, at which point they should sit in rear-facing car seats.
- A child should use a booster seat until they can sit with the vehicle’s seat belt lying across their lap and over their chest and shoulder (not around their neck).
- About half of all infant seats and booster seats are not correctly installed. Your local police or fire department, local non-profits, or local auto dealerships may have programs where safety technicians can teach you how to install and use an infant seat or booster seat properly.
- Infant and booster seats should always be replaced after a moderate or severe motor vehicle accident or when the seat has visible signs of damage.
If your child was injured in a car accident, the legal team at Stewart Law Offices can help you pursue compensation and accountability from the at-fault party. We are committed to providing compassionate, thoughtful legal representation to injury victims across South and North Carolina. Let us handle your case so you can focus on moving on with your life. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Carolina personal injury lawyer and find out what our firm can do for you.