Importance of Child Safety Restraint Laws
The death of a Florida toddler that took place near the intersection of Fowler Street and Market Street serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of abiding by child safety restraint laws in Florida and throughout this nation. As we reported on this fatal Fort Myers car crash in our news section, we would like to discuss child safety in this article.
Florida law states that children through the age of three are required to be secured in a separate carrier or in a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child safety seat. This means that a child needs to be fastened into the safety seat and that the seat needs to be secured to the vehicle.
Additionally, Florida police say drivers should never place a child in a safety seat in the front seat of the car, especially when the vehicle is equipped with a passenger air bag. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened in this tragic crash that claimed the life of a 2-year-old little girl.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Because of this, parents need to prioritize child safety. This is the very reason why children need to be properly placed in child safety seats that are installed correctly and secured to the car.
Although getting the right seat and making sure it is secured properly may be overwhelming for parents, there are directions and guidelines provided by the manufacturer of the safety seat that indicate how the seat should be installed properly. If these directions are too confusing, or if parents want to make sure they installed the seat correctly, then there are child seat inspection stations that will verify if the seat is installed correctly.
Reducing Their Risk for Injury
The best way to protect your children is to follow the car seat recommendations. Children are constantly growing, and getting a car seat that fits their size, weight, and age is the best way to reduce their risk of injuries in the event of an accident.
Before starting your vehicle, make sure that your children are buckled into the appropriate safety seats in the back seat of the car. Never place a child under the age of 13 in the front seat of your car facing an airbag.
If you are involved in a Fort Myers car accident, you will want to make sure your most precious cargo is protected by following the proper guidelines regarding child safety seats. If you have done everything correctly, and you and your children end up suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may have rights.