There is nothing more precious than a newborn child. So understandably, parents want to do everything they possibly can to keep their children safe, and that includes protecting them from harm during their trips in the family car. Our lawyers have compiled some general guidelines for child safety, including what types of car seats are best for each age group. (HealthyChildren.org)
Infants/Toddlers-Rear-facing seats and rear-facing convertible seats are by far the most safe at this age. Rear-facing seats should be used for infants under 40 lbs., while convertible seats are safest for children under 50 lbs. All infants and small toddlers should be riding in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least two years old, or until they have reached the maximum weight and or height allowed by the safety devices manufacturer.
Larger Toddlers/Preschoolers-Convertible seats or forward facing seats with harnesses are recommended for this age group. Children over the age of two who have outgrown their rear-facing car seats weight or height limits should use forward facing seats and harnesses for as long as they can. This type of car seat can also work well for children under the age of two who are too large for their rear-facing car seat.
School-Age Children-The term school aged children generally refers to kids that are beyond preschool but younger than 12 years of age. While these children may not require car seats to keep them safe at this age, they may be too short to fit your vehicles seat belts properly, and this could lead to serious injuries in the event of an accident. A belt-positioning booster seat can be used to elevate your child until the vehicle seat belt fits them properly.
Older Children-When children are large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, ensure that they always use shoulder and lap safety belts for optimal protection. Remember that even for larger children, the back of the seat is always safer, and for this reason children younger than 13 years of age should always sit in the rear.
Installation-Car seats can be installed by using the vehicle’s seat belt of the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). Both are equally safe, although in some instances it may be easier to install car seats using the LATCH system.
Our lawyers have been working with the victims of Illinois car accidents for years, so we know how burdensome an injury to a loved one can be, both emotionally and fiscally, and this is only exacerbated when the victim is a child. If your child has been injured because of the negligence or recklessness of another driver, call us; we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, and put you in the best position to care for your child.