A Booster Seat Can Save Your Child’s Life in an Accident
The state of Connecticut is one of the nation’s most progressive in terms of the actions that it takes to prevent its citizens from suffering unnecessary injuries. One example of this is the passage of a variety of child passenger safety laws that are designed to ensure that children are properly restrained while riding in a vehicle. The state of Connecticut has made it mandatory for children to be in a car seat, and have gone to the extraordinary step of establishing fitting stations in dozens of locations throughout the state, specifically for the purpose of ensuring that these valuable accessories are properly installed and that parents know how to use them. Though most people think that car seats are just for infants and toddlers, the state has made it mandatory to use a booster seat until a child is seven years old and weighs 60 pounds. The reason for this is clear: studies have shown that a booster seat can safe your child’s life in an accident. The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are committed to ensuring that anybody who is driving a vehicle with a young passenger knows what their legal obligations are. Below you will find all of the Child Passenger Safety Laws in place in the state of Connecticut.
- Infants – all infants are required to be seated in a rear-facing car seat. This is required until they are both one year old and weigh 20 pounds. Following this time, children are still to be in car seats that are rear facing unless they have passed the maximum weight and height for their car seat to be in that position.
- Toddlers – all toddlers are required to be in a car seat, which should be rear facing until they reach the maximum weight and height for that position. They are to remain in a car seat until they reach the maximum height and weight for the seat. Most toddler car seats are designed to hold up to 40 pounds.
- Children 6 or under and under 60 pounds – all children are to be restrained in either a car seat or a booster seat until they are both seven years old and have attained a weight of 60 lbs. While riding in a car and using these seats, they are also to be strapped in using both a lap belt and a shoulder belt.
- Children who are above the size and age for required use of a car seat or booster – All vehicle riders are required to use a seat belt whenever in a vehicle in motion. It is advised that children ride in the back seat until they are 13 years old as a result of potential injuries from air bags.
If your child has been injured in an accident as a result of a seat belt injury or of someone not properly complying with the child passenger safety laws, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us today for more information.