The state of Florida and Jim Dodson Law is observing “Child Passenger Safety Week” from Sept. 16 through Sept. 20 and “Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 21. The goal of safety week is to educate adults on the importance of children wearing seat belts and properly installing and using car seats to protect them from serious injury in the event of a car crash.
The National Highway Traffic Administration reports car crashes are the number one cause of death of children ages one to thirteen. In 2011, 655 children were killed in vehicle accidents, and one-third of the children who died were not properly restrained.
Florida law requires a child under the age of three to be seated in a properly installed car seat in the back seat of a vehicle with a seat belt. It also states children ages four and five should ride in the back seat of the car with a seat belt. While most adults believe their children’s car seats are installed correctly, a recent study found three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.
As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure our children are safe and protected from any harm. Many fatal car accidents involving a child could have been prevented if the child was properly restrained in the appropriate car seat or booster seat.
For more information about how to correctly install your child’s car seat, please view the info graphic on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jimdodsonlaw.