A new child car seat safety study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that parents of young children have trouble installing safety seats in their vehicles. The latch restraint system, required on most vehicles manufactured since 2002, complicates the installation process.
According to representatives from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety inadequate vehicle design, such as installing seat belt buckles in a position that impedes access to the anchor that holds the restraint in place, on the part of carmakers might be part of the problem. The study also suggests that parents aren’t properly installing seats because they fail to utilize the tether extending from the top of the car seat, which safety experts from the institute say is absolutely necessary to securely fix the car seat in a proper position in the vehicle. Agents from local law enforcement departments and the California Highway Patrol offer free child car seat safety checks to parents of young children with questions about the car seat installation process.
As a highly experienced Roseville car accident lawyer, I hope that parents of young children do everything in their power to keep them safe on the road. If you or someone you care for has been injured in an automobile accident, please consider discussing the details of your experience with a licensed Roseville personal injury attorney to determine your best course of legal action.