Keeping Kids Safe Around Vehicles in Southern California

December 31, 1969

Parents and guardians, we're talking to you. Did you know that 75 percent of child car seats are installed incorrectly? That's a problem because it means kids are not properly protected in the event of a car accident. According to SaferCar.gov, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 13.
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To help you to make sure that your child is as safe as they can be near and in a motor vehicle, officials have published "A Parent's Guise to Playing it Safe with Kids and Cars." This is a booklet that offers parents and guardians a ton of easy-to-use information about today's auto safety features, their car safety seats and various ways to keep them safe in and around vehicles.

Our Costa Mesa child injury attorneys understand that all children under the age of 8 are required to be seated properly in a car seat or a booster seat in the back seat of their vehicle. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your child in an accident.

Did you know that your child is at greater risk when riding in the front seat. A child's injury risk is reduced by close to 35 percent when they're seated in the back seat of your vehicle.

Kids and Cars -- Always Remember:

- Make sure they're properly seated in a car seat during each and every car ride, regardless of how far (or close) you're traveling.

-Make sure that your child's car seat has been selected to fit their current weight, age and height.

-Always follow along with the instructions from the manufacturer of the car seat.

-Before purchasing a car seat, make sure that it's compatible with your vehicle.

-Make sure that children under the age of 12 ride in the back seat. They're little bodies can't handle the impact from the airbags and may cause more harm than good.

You also want to make sure that your child knows how to act safely when they're around vehicles. Make sure they know to steer clear of them -- especially when they're on. Teach them to keep their toys off of the driveway. You never want to leave them alone in a vehicle. Children should always be supervised when they're in or around cars.

Lastly, you want to keep them out of the trunk. To a child, the trunk of a vehicle can be a percent place to hide and play. Always keep your car keys in an out-of-reach place. You want to teach them that a vehicle is not a hiding spot. Make sure they know how to open the trunk from the inside just in case they get stuck. Most importantly, always supervise your children when they're playing around vehicles.

If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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