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And that certainly is the case today.
“THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time. Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Someone sped through a red light and slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you. My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra 2 minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly. I will be fine, my kids are fine, everything else can be replaced. Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco & Chicco).” Jenna Casado Rabberman
Car Seat Safety Laws
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children in Washington state. In 50% of the accidents where a child had died, it was determined they were not properly restrained. That means at least half of those fatalities were preventable with an age-appropriate seat and tether system.
Washington law requires that children use child restraint systems (car seats and boosters) until the child is eight years old, unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller. The law states a child who is eight years of age or older, or four feet nine inches or taller, shall be properly restrained with the seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened; or continue using an appropriately fitting child restraint system. Children under age 13 shall ride in a back seat position where it is practical to do so. Washington also requires every person sixteen years of age or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle to wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner.
See detailed information in Washington’s Child Passenger Restraint law. You can also view the Five-Step Test, which can be performed to verify that a child is properly secured in a vehicle. http://wtsc.wa.gov/programs-priorities/seat-belts-occupant-protection/educate-adults-about-child-passenger-safety/
Until recently, rear-facing car seats were only till the age of one. But studies show that the infant is safest in the rear-facing position until the age of two or until their legs are too long for the seat.
Schedule a Free Car Seat Safety Check-Up Near You
It’s important for anyone transporting a child to follow the guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to tether and secure a car seat. Anchors and positioning vary between makes and models of vehicles. Check out their website to see what works best for your vehicle. https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#installation-help-inspection
Most parents and caregivers do everything they can to make sure their kids are safe. But for added peace of mind and some extra safety precaution and tips, Safe Kids Washington offers free car-seat check-ups for parents and caregivers across the state. Go to their website and click on the county you reside for locations and dates you can go to have your car seats and installation inspected. It is a great resource to ensure that every child is safe on the road. https://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington
Our Auto Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help
Seat belts don’t prevent accidents from happening, but they do save lives in the event of one. When it comes to our kids, a properly secured car seat can mean the difference between life and death. So make buckling up a priority, even if it takes just a little bit longer, and make sure everyone in your vehicle does likewise! Your life could depend on it.
If you or a loved one have been in an auto accident, contact Fielding Law Group for a free consultation. When other motorists act negligently or violate traffic laws, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Remember–don’t let an accident wreck YOU!
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