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NHTSA provides tools designed to promote car seat safety

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 07, 2014 in Car Accidents

Because motor vehicle accidents regularly occur on roads throughout the nation, it is important that individuals take precautions to make sure they are as safe as possible when traveling in a vehicle. This means using seat belts and child car seats. According to the deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children should always be properly restrained while in a vehicle, regardless of the length of the trip or their age.

Because the NHTSA is focused on improving safety on roads throughout the nation, it has created tools designed to promote car seat safety.

The NHTSA’s campaign may mean individuals find it easier to determine which booster seat or car seat is right for their child based upon their size and age. Similarly, car seat recalls could more easily be communicated should a consumer register their car seat as a part of the “Don’t Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today" campaign. Other consumers might learn about a recall via the use of the SaferCar app which was recently updated for use on Android and Apple mobile devices.

One statistic indicates that more than a third of the children who die in collisions throughout the nation are not properly restrained either by seat belt or in a car seat. In addition, a child 12 years old or younger is in some way involved in a motor vehicle accident every 34 seconds. With this in mind it is likely that most are hopeful that the tools will make an impact on the injuries and deaths suffered by children in traffic accidents.

It is of course tragic whenever someone is injured or killed in a car accident. It is that much more difficult to deal with when the victim is a child. This might occur even when a child is properly restrained by a seat belt or in a car seat free from defects. In either of these situations a personal injury lawsuit could be viable.

Source: Forbes, “New Tools For Better Car Seat Safety" Tanya Mohn, Sept. 24, 2014