How Much Will A Car Seat Really Protect My Child In An Accident?

As a parent, you invest a lot of time and energy strategizing how to protect your child from harm and danger. Keeping your little one safe means being prepared for common situations that pose possible risks to your child’s wellbeing. If you’ve ever wondered, “how much will a car sear really protect my child in an accident,” then you’re asking the right questions. Because knowing how to properly install and use a car seat has a huge impact on its ability to protect your child in a crash. With so many options on the market geared at protecting kids from harm, it’s difficult to know just how effective each product can be. But car seats are a non-negotiable item that every child needs to stay safe while riding in any vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of child injury, and a parent’s best bet in protecting against this type of harm is to understand safety guidelines, appropriate use, and proper installation of car seats. According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, most parents make at least one error when installing car seats. Giphy If you buy a new car seat, instructions on how to install the seat will be included in the packaging; but even if you strictly follow every step, you can still have a professional take a look at your work. Use a database like the one Safe Car provides, which allows you to search by state and zip code to find a certified car seat inspector. (Bonus: most of these services are provided for free.) If, however, you have a car seat that has been used, you’ll need to do some research before allowing your child to ride in it. To make sure a used car seat will keep your child safe in an accident, you’ll want to check National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database of car seat recalls and safety issues, to see if your particular model still meets current safety standards. Aside from installation and use history, in order for a car seat to perform its duties, it needs to be the right fit for you child’s weight, size, and age, as Kids Health from Nemours explained. As your child grows, their car seat will move from the rear-facing position to a forward-facing position — and following the guidelines for each position is a crucial piece to travel safety. Additionally, placing a car seat in the right spot further protects your child, should an accident occur, according to Mayo Clinic. Car seats placed too close to an airbag pose additional threats of harm when car crashes happen. According to the American Pediatric Association’s website, Children’s Health, “proper use of car seats helps keep children safe.” So the degree to which you child is protect by a car seat in an accident depends greatly on how appropriately it’s being used and installed. Following guidelines and having a certified inspector look over the car seat is the smartest and most comprehensive approach to avoiding injury from car crashes.


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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