Not a trivial problem
Any Tampa injury attorney will agree that the best way to secure a vehicle passenger that is a child is with appropriate safety seats. A World Health Organization report entitled “Children and Road Traffic Injury” states that in high income countries, 50 percent of all passenger related traffic deaths are children.
The reported added that it was more likely that an unrestrained child passenger would be killed in any car crash. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that during one year 618,000 children were not using an appropriate safety seat while riding in a car.
Education to Improve safety
The CDC added in the same article that safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for newborns and 54 percent for toddlers to 4 years old.
In a recent article published in the March 2013 issue of Pediatric Emergency Care stated that a study of 638 physicians showed that parents of children discharged from emergency departments were under-informed of resources for child passenger safety. The article encourages physicians to provide child passenger safety education at the emergency department level.
Child passenger safety tips
In a report by the Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention best practices regarding child passenger safety are identified. Pediatricians are encouraged to know and educate parents of these best practices.
- Rear-facing safety seats for birth to 2 years.
- Forward-facing seats for 2 to 4 years.
- Booster seats with belt positioning from 4 to 8 years.
- Seat belts after the booster seat have been outgrown.
In addition to best practices, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends replacing car seats after moderate to severe collisions. To help parents distinguish between minor and moderate collisions, the NHTSA provides the following guidelines.
* The vehicle was driven away from the collision site.
* The door near the safety or booster seat was undamaged.
* No passenger sustained injuries in the collision.
* Air bags did not deploy.
* No damage to the car is visible.
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