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Posted on March 22nd, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Revised Standards for Child Safety Seats: How Impacts St. Louis,Missouri

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Zane Cagle

New information from child safety experts indicate that children should be in rear-facing seats until they are two years old, versus the previously recommended one-year standard. Two prominent national groups are calling for this revision, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Car accidents are tragic and all the more tragic when small children and youngsters are involved. New information this week regarding revisions to recommendations is explored below. Experts indicate that toddlers have large heads and smaller necks; therefore, an accident in a front-facing seat can cause the seat to jerk thus jerking the child’s head and causing spinal cord injuries. Rear facing seats can carry less risk, but it is a transition to keep kids rear-facing until they are tow. Even finding a rear facing seat can be a challenge for parents.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (see this document), new revised guidelines include the following to make your child safer in the occurrence of an automobile accident:

Birth -12 Months: Child under the age of 1 should always ride in a rear-facing seat. There are various types of rear-facing seats: infant-only seat can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have hitter height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child in rear-facing position longer.

1-3 Years – Keep child in rear-facing position as long as possible as it is the best way to keep him or her safe. Child should remain in seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer. Once child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with harness.

4-7 Years– Keep child in forward-facing car seat tight harness until he or she reaches the top height or wright limited allowed by car seat manufacture. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it is time for your child to travel in a booster seat, but still in back seat.

8-12 Years – Keep child in booster seat until he or she is big enough to sit in seat with seat belt comfortably. For proper seat belt fit, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember, children less than 12 years of age should still ride in the back seat as it is the safer riding place.

For complete care seat recommendations, visit NHTSA

NHSTA Administrator David Strickland says, “Selecting the right seat for your child can be a challenge for many parents. NHTSA’s new revised guidelines will help consumers pick the appropriate seat for their child.”

The NHTSA agreed that the new guidelines are in position with the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the AAP, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and older.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or semi-truck accident in Missouri or Illinois, it is important to seek counsel from an expert St. Louis personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that important investigative evidence can be preserved. The accumulation of medical bills and lost wages can be overwhelming for a family not to mention the lost wages should a working victim suffer a fatal injury.

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