Parents and caregivers often break the rules when it comes to restraining children in appropriate child safety restraints. Sometimes parents make common mistakes when it is time to move a child from a booster seat to a safety belt. Many parents make mistakes during this crucial time and the decision to move a child far too quickly to an adult safety seat belt instead of a booster seat can actually be a very dangerous one. It could mean the difference between being safely protected in an accident or catastrophic injuries.
In a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, researchers found that approximately nine out of ten parents have shifted their child out of a booster seat and into safety seat belts before they were ready. Seven of ten parents of children between the age of four and ten-years-old were not even aware that the child should be a minimum of four-foot, nine-inches tall to be able to use a safety belt while riding in a car without a booster seat.
Many parents continue to be unaware of the most important factor that they need to take into consideration when they decide to move their child from a booster seat to adult safety belt. When reporting the factors in moving their child out of the car seat, most cite reasons that had nothing to do with the child’s height and weight, which are two of the primary factors that parents should consider while making this crucial decision. Parents typically base their decision on state laws, their spouse’s opinion on the matter, and even their children’s comfort levels when they made this decision. As many as 56% of the parents did not consider height and weight when determining whether to shift from a car seat.
Rules concerning child safety seats seem to be most often broken when children were part of a carpool; as many as one in five parents whose children were part of a carpool admitted that they often broke the rules when they were behind the wheel. They allowed children to ride without belts, or allowed children to ride without the booster seat or any other child restraint that the child would normally use. In fact, breaking the rules is fairly common among carpool drivers and two thirds of the parents admitted that they had frequently seen other carpool drivers also making these same mistakes.
The disturbing results of the study confirm to Indiana personal injury lawyers that parents and caregivers still don’t completely appreciate the importance of restraining their child in appropriate safety gear. Parents must follow all guidelines that apply to a child’s safety restraints to prevent serious injuries to innocent and helpless children in an accident.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you could be eligible to file a claim of compensation for damages. Speak to an one of our Indiana car accident lawyers at our firm.