South Florida injury lawyers urge parents to review child safety seats

South Florida Injury Lawyer Gregg Hollander and the staff at the Hollander Law Firm want parents to know about a new government report that ranks child safety seats by ease of use.

Parents of young children can be overwhelmed by choices when it comes to choosing the best car seat for their child. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently issued the report with the hopes of assisting parents in making an informed decision.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 20. In 2008, a total of 1,347 children under the age of 14 were killed in car accidents and 193,000 were seriously injured. Of those, about half were under the age of 8.

Florida car accidents killed 37 passengers under the age of 8 in 2008. Seventy-three children under the age of 14 were killed in Florida accidents. Only California and Texas report more child deaths.

The government’s study looked at four areas in rating seats using a 5-star system:
-Ease of Instructions: Whether or not instructions were clear and easy to understand.
-Vehicle Installation Features: How easy the seat was to install in a vehicle.
-Evaluation of Labels: Examined the content and clarity of seat labels.
-Securing the child: The ease of properly restraining a child.

A Fort Lauderdale child injury lawyer or Palm Beach child accident attorney should be contacted whenever a child is seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident. In some cases, when it is determined that the safety seat was defective, contained unclear instructions, or was poorly designed, a product liability claim can be made against the manufacturer.

The full report, including dozens of child safety seat ratings, is available here.