According to the CDC Injury Prevention, the leading cause of death among children ages 5-14 is motor vehicle collisions. About 178,000 child occupants under the age of 14 were injured in 2007. The sad truth is that many of those deaths could have been prevented through proper use of the child safety restraint systems.
It has been found that head, neck, spine, internal organ, and other serious injuries are more likely to occur when children ages 4-8 are not properly restrained in booster seats. The risk of injury can increase four (4) times by placing your child in a regular seat belt too early! Appropriate car seats or boosters can better position seat belts across a child's small body.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
-Using an infant car seat can decrease the risk of death by 71%!
-Using an appropriate toddler seat for children aged 1-4 can reduce that risk by 54%!
The CDC reported that the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that:
-Using booster seats rather than seat belts alone can reduce the risk of injury to children aged 4-7 by 59%.
It is important to properly strap your child into an age appropriate car seat, ensure you are using the right size child seat, and position the safety seat properly. Misusing a child safety seat can increase the risk of injury to a child if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision. It is also important to know your state's laws regarding car seat and booster seat laws.
The Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act can be found at K.S.A. 8-1344.
The Missouri law can be found at R.S.M.O § 307.179.
In both states, children 3 and younger must be secured in an appropriate child safety seat. Missouri requires the use of a car seat for all children who weigh less than 40 pounds regardless of age. Both Missouri and Kansas require children ages 4-7 to be properly restrained in either a car seat or booster seat unless they meet the height or weight requirement. If a child weighs at least 80 pounds or is at least 4'9" tall, that child must be in either a booster seat or a seat belt. Once a child reaches the age of 8, that child may use a regular seat belt rather than a booster seat.
If you have been involved in an accident in which a child safety seat was in the motor vehicle, you should have the seat inspected to make sure it is still safe. Child seat inspection stations can be found near you. They will even check to make sure that the seat is properly installed.
If you or your child has been seriously injured or you want more information, please contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys for your FREE consultation with no obligation at 816-471-5111 or by clicking "Just Ask".