The simple use of the correct car seat or booster seat lowers the risk of death or serious injury for children in automobile accidents by more than 70%. As recently as 2018 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat and booster seat recommendations as to when, where, and how kids should ride in cars. The following is a breakdown of those updated recommendations and some other useful car seat and booster seat information.
Newborns – Weight and height limit of the rear-facing car seat
2 years (age is approximate) – Weight and height limit of the forward-facing car seat
6 years (age is approximate) – 4 ft. 9 inches
Under age 13
One of the biggest questions we hear is why children under the age of 13 should avoid riding in the front or passenger seat. There are a few reasons this is the recommendation:
A major issue can be incorrectly installed car seats or booster seats. If a child’s car seat or booster seat is incorrectly installed, or even the wrong size for the child, it can do more harm than good when it comes to protection in the case of an accident. The following are suggestions to ensure the car seat or booster seat is installed correctly:
Car seats and booster seats are immensely important in protecting children in vehicles. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries can still happen. If you, a child in your care, or another loved one have been injured in a car accident, call the experienced attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates. Get in touch with us at 1-800-404-9000 or tell us your story by filling out the online form at the bottom of this page.