If you have a young child who requires a car seat, do you know that you have installed the seat properly such that your child is less likely to sustain fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Lombard? Most parents know their young children need to use car seats in order to stay safe and to abide by the law. However, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, car seats are often improperly installed or parents use car seats that are not age-appropriate.
What does Illinois law say about car accident injury prevention and safety seats? And what can the recent article teach parents about promoting safety and preventing injuries in the event of a traffic collision?
Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act
Recognizing the severity of auto accidents in DuPage County and throughout the state of Illinois, legislators created the Child Passenger Protection Act (625 ILCS 25/). The statute explains that the law was written because the General Assembly determined that a significant number of passengers below the age of 8 riding in motor vehicles—vehicles which are most frequently operated by a parent—annually die or sustain serious physical injury due to not being placed in an appropriate child passenger restraint system. Indeed, motor vehicle crashes are cited as the number one cause of death for kids ages 4 to 14 years old.
The law clarifies that anyone who transports a child in Illinois who is under the age of eight years old in a non-commercial vehicle that has safety belts is “responsible for providing for the protection of such child by properly securing him or her in an appropriate child restraint system,” which is defined as “any device which meets the standards of the United States Department of Transportation designed to restrain, set, or position children.”
The law specifically requires the following:
If an adult transports any child under the age of 18, that adult is responsible for ensuring that the child is properly restrained—either through a safety seat or with a seat belt.
Properly Installing Car Seats
Abiding by the law cited above is extremely important for preventing serious child injuries in auto accidents. At the same time, as the Chicago Tribune article underscores, parents also need to make sure that they are properly installing children’s car seats and that they are using the best type of safety seat for their child’s weight and height.
The following are types of car seats for kids, and they need to be used based on the child’s size:
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