Standing Up For You

Is your infant’s car seat right for her?

Kentucky car accidents are often harrowing, dangerous collisions for everyone involved, but especially little ones. According to the CDC, buckling children into age and size-appropriate car seats can reduce the risk of injury in a crash by up to 82%.

If you have an infant, a rear-facing car seat that uses a harness placed in the back can minimize the risk of a serious injury or fatality.

Tips for proper buckling

After your baby is born, it has one curve instead of the three a fully developed spine has, and her head is somewhat oversized. When placed in a rear-facing child safety seat, it cradles the spine, neck and head in a crash. Here are tips for ensuring she is in the harness correctly:

  • Use the slots for shoulder straps located at or below your child’s shoulders.
  • Ensure the straps lie flat and remain snug without pinching.
  • Position the chest clip at armpit level.

Bulky cold-weather gear can interfere with the tightness of the harness. If possible, do not put a blanket or outerwear between your child and the harness. Instead, please a blanket over her after she is securely strapped in.

Common cars seat defects

Despite close inspection, you may not see any obvious signs of a car seat defect. Difficult latches, faulty adjusters or buckles that will not stay snug are among the most dangerous issues. Low-quality materials or a weak frame can lower the car seat’s ability to withstand the force during a collision, increasing the potential for infant injuries. It may result in serious injuries. It can also increase the chances of ejection from the car in a crash.

If your child suffered catastrophic injuries in a crash due to a defective car seat, you might have grounds for a claim.