Car Seats Save Lives
In Texas, car accidents account for an alarming number of child injuries and fatalities. Luckily, car and booster seats reduce the risk of injury and can even save a child's life. According to the CDC:
- Car seats reduce the risk of infant death during an auto accident by 71 percent
- Car seats reduce the risk of toddler death during an auto accident by 54 percent
- Booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury in children during a car wreck by 45 percent
- For older children and adults, using a seat belt reduces the risk of death during a car wreck by 50 percent
Children Must Be Properly Restrained in Texas
Texas law requires all children under four feet, nine inches tall to be restrained by some form of car or booster seat. The law also requires parents to install seats according to the manufacturers' instructions.
Please note that the law's in regards to a child's height, not their age.
If parents are caught breaking child car seat laws, they can be fined.
The Texas Department of Public Safety Recommendations
For infants and babies who weigh under 35 pounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety recommends placing them in rear-facing car seats in the back seat of the car (not the passenger seat). These seats should be used as long as possible.
For toddlers and infants weighing more than 35 pounds, forward-facing seats are acceptable, but they should remain in the back seat.
Children who weigh more than 40 pounds can graduate to a booster seat that's used with the standard adult lap and shoulder safety belt.
Children will outgrow their booster seat once they can comfortably and safely use a regular adult seat belt. DPS guidelines suggest this will usually occur once a child is four feet, nine inches tall (or weighs 100 pounds).
Contact a Fort Worth Lawyer for Your Child's Car Seat Injury
Despite our best efforts to keep our kids safe, sometimes the unthinkable happens. If you are ever in a car wreck with a young child and you're not sure what the next step is, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 817-294-1900.
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