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Child Injury in Boca Raton and Elsewhere More Likely with Improperly Used Car Seats

A batch of new public service announcements (PSA) were recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council to help to raise awareness about the importance of selecting the right car seat for your kid and making sure it’s properly installed.

These seats apply to child passengers under the age of 12. They’re so important that they’ve helped to save nearly 10,000 young lives between 1975 and 2008.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, parents who are busted driving with their child not properly restrained could potentially face a $60 fine and 3 points on their driving record. What’s worse than a ticket, a fine or some points on your license are the injury risks that are associated with failing to properly buckle in children — the risks for potentially fatal accidents in Boca Raton.

Our Boca Raton child injury attorneys understand that car accidents are the number one cause of death for this young age group, an age group that can’t even drive. The responsibility of buckling up our young ones lies in the hands of parents and guardians. To help make this a top priority of adults, the new PSAs will be working to help ensure child car safety nationwide. The key message of these PSAs is helping to “make sure their child is in the right car seat.”

“Safety is our top priority for everyone on our roadways, and we’re calling on parents to do everything they can to protect our most vulnerable passengers,” said Ray LaHood with the NHTSA.

A Spanish-language version of the PSAs will be released later in May.

To accompany the newly released PSAs, officials with the NHTSA also released the “Parents Central” website, a one-stop-shop website with tools and resources to help keep kids safe around vehicles. Parents are urged to visit this website at any time to get up to date suggestions, resources, recommendations and laws pertaining to child car seats and keeping kids safe in the car.

From just 2006 to 2010, more than 4,000 kids under the age of 12 were killed in automobile accidents nationwide. In addition to these fatalities, another 700,000 kids were injured. These fatalities and injuries are most commonly the result of improperly selected, placed and used car seats. Help to keep your kids safe in the car and make sure they’re properly buckled in the right car seat during every trip.

Parents and guardians are urged to select a car seat based on the child’s age, weight and height. Adults are also urged to keep children in a car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat’s height and weight requirements.

For even more information on how to properly buckle your kid into the car, visit the NHTSA’s Child Safety Website.