The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new website designed to help parents understand the most current safety data relating to car and booster seats and, ideally, select the car seat or seats that best suit their family’s needs. Additionally, the site updates parents about the appropriate times to switch from rear-facing to forward-facing seats, as well as appropriate transition times for moving from a car to a booster seat and finally to the unaccompanied use of a seat belt.
Since the NHTSA is charged with regulating child-safety seats, they rightfully view this new site as a means of ensuring understanding of and compliance with child safety-seat laws. The concern, however, remains that parents will come to rely on this web site for all their safety information. In the event that the site is not appropriately updated and maintained, outdated safety information may trickle down to those individuals. Coming from the authoritative voice on car-seat safety, people would be unlikely to question any information on the site and might, inadvertently, place their children in harm’s way.
The proper use of child safety seats for infants, toddlers and younger children can do much in the way of preventing fatalities in the event of a serious accident on the road. If, however, seats are used incorrectly or recalled models are kept in rotation, these life saving devices cannot perform their intended function. If your child has suffered from an injury as the result of an unsafe car seat, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Houston injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case.