Properly securing your child in a car seat helps keep kids safe by reducing risk of death and serious injury in case of a car accident. Additionally, the use of child restraint systems is a legal requirement in the state of Arizona for a child under eight years old and 4’9” tall or less when being transported in a motor vehicle on Arizona’s highways. For children eight years of age and older, they must use a lap and shoulder belt. Failure to meet the requirements of the Arizona’s child restraint system law could result in fines.
But according to the Phoenix Fire Department, one third of children ride in the wrong type of child safety seat for their age and size.
So how do you know which car seat is best for your child? The Phoenix car attorneys at Lerner & Rowe share tips on how to choose and correctly install a car seat.
How to Choose the Right Type
When it comes to choosing the right type of car seat for your child it’s best to go to a source that places safety first. The following types of car seats are recommended for each age range by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Birth to 12 months
A rear-racing car seat should be the only type used. It can be a seat that only faces rear, or a 3-in-1 or convertible seat that can be used facing to the rear.
Your children should face the rear as long as possible, and check your car seat instructions to see when they are tall enough and weighs enough to face front. When your child passes these limits, you can use a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
Follow the advice on the instructions and keep your children in a car seat that faces front until they reach the height and weight recommended for a booster seat.
Your child can use a booster seat and the car’s seat belt in the back seat.
In addition to using the right type, it’s important to make sure that you have it correctly installed. Make an appointment to have it checked at one of three Phoenix fire stations. It will just take 30 minutes for one of their qualified technicians to inspect and install yours.
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Were you and/or your child injured in a car accident? You need the services of an experienced Phoenix car accident attorney. Make one call to (602) 977-1900 to contact our highly acclaimed personal injury attorneys. Schedule a free consultation today.
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