Child Car Seat Safety for Summer Roadtrips
This summer, families in Connecticut and across the nation will pack up their cars and will hit the road for vacation. If you have small children, it is critical that you keep them properly restrained in the car while driving. Incorrect usage of safety seats correlates to a 3 ½ times higher risk of serious injury in the event of a collision. According to statistics released by Safe Ride 4 Kids, nearly 84% of child restraints reveal critical (and potentially fatal) misuse or incorrect installation. Shockingly, 96% of parents believe that their seats are correctly installed.
How to ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly
Fortunately, there are many resources for families in Connecticut to make sure that their car seats are installed correctly and are safe for use. Organizations like Safe Kids Connecticut are an excellent resource for parents, and they routinely host car seat check events across the state.
There are also over 70 car seat fitting stations in Connecticut, which means that a trained car seat technician is likely close to you. These technicians will have taken a 32-hour training course and must be certified by Safe Kids Worldwide. At your appointment, the technician will check the seat to make sure it has not been recalled. They will also determine your particular seat fits your child correctly based on their current height and weight. The technician will install the seat, adjust the straps, and will show you how to remove and install the seat in the future.
By making sure the car seats in your vehicle are properly installed, you can rest easier knowing that they are safely restrained while traveling on your summer road trip.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and the busy summer months show a spike in collisions across the nation. If you are hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, help is available. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 1-800-PERKINS to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate Connecticut car accident attorneys today.