Last week, WGNtv reported on how Illinois participated in the National Child Passenger Safety week. In order to acknowledge the importance of the week, the state of Illinois set up 82 child safety seat checkpoints (a place where parents can have child seats checked to ensure proper use) throughout the state. These events took place to educate parents on the importance of proper car seat use. A survey that was reported noted that around three-fourths of all toddlers involved in accidents are less likely to be seriously injured or killed when safety seats are used properly.
In order to help spread the word on safety seat use, our Illinois car accident attorneys thought that it was important to discuss state laws related to car seat safety. According to Cyber Drive Illinois, there are several seat safety requirements for babies and younger passengers. These requirements include:
• Children under the age of 8-years-old have to be in secured in a child safety seating system. Parents are held responsible for ensuring their child has a child safety seat, regardless of who is driving carpool that day.
• Children over 40 pounds can be transported while only wearing a lap belt
• Children between the ages 8 and 16 must wear a seat belt
• Violating these laws could result in a $75 fine, court supervision, and if there is a subsequent violation, an even higher fine
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are four types of seats each with their own set of rules. The first type is a rear-facing seat that must go in the vehicle’s back seat and is recommended for newborns up to 20 lbs (with a minimum age of 1 year). The second type is a forward facing seat in the backseat and recommended for children 4 and up from 40-65 pounds. Finally, there are booster seats for children 4-8 to ride in the back seat.
Certain websites, such as Buckle Up Illinois, offer tips that aid in assembling and installing car seats and remind readers of the rules related to seat security safety. Child safety seat awareness is incredibly important, due to the fact that thousands of children are reported seriously injured or even killed in accidents nationwide. Our Illinois car accident attorneys advise parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone who transports a child to consult these tips if they have questions about safety seats and seat belts. Some things drivers can do to ensure child passenger safety is to make sure the harness straps are secure and tight, that the seat is securely attached to the vehicle, and make sure the type of child seating system you have is age appropriate.
As we mentioned, it’s important to use safety seats properly in order to reduce the risk of injury to children in the event of an accident. Seatcheck.com is a also great site that helps drivers determine where to get safety seat checks, what private child seat installation services to use, and most importantly, why to seat check. Our Illinois car accident lawyers encourage all of our readers to get frequent seat checks, and if you have any questions about an accident lawsuit, please feel free to contact us.