This is what you need to know when traveling in Florida with a child:
- For children from birth to 1-year-old and at least 20 lbs., you should use a rear-facing child car seat until the child outgrows the weight and height limit of the child car seat.
- For children from 1-year-old and 20 lbs. to 4 years old and 40 lbs., you should use a forward-facing car seat.
- Children 4 years old and 40 lbs. to 8 years old or 4'9" tall, should have a forward-facing booster seat.
- Children 8 years old to 12 years old or 4'9" tall, should have a booster seat until they're big enough to use the car's seat belt.
According to the suggested child car seat guidelines, your child can sit in the front seat of your car at 13 years old, but it's not recommended before this age. One of the reasons is that, when deployed, airbags can be extremely dangerous for those under a certain height and weight.
- From birth to 13-year-old it's safer for children to travel in the car's back seat.
- Children who are 13 years old can travel in the front seats only if they are wearing seat belts that are adjusted according to their age and weight.
Also, pay great attention when installing the child seat in the car. In an impact of 9 to 12 mph, a child can be severely injured. Even when wearing a safety belt a child might suffer injuries that can cause death.
Defective Child Car Seats Can Cause Serious Injuries to Children
In the unfortunate event of being involved in an accident, parents should know that even a minor accident can affect the child's car seat and they are advised to replace it.
What can happen to a child car seat after a minor car accident:
- The structural integrity and overall safety of the car seat may be compromised
- Parts may have been dislodged or loosened
Even if the damage is not visible to the naked eye, it is generally recommended that you replace the safety seat after a car crash.
A seat involved in a car accident may not have distinguishable signs of damage, but it surely will not be as effective in a future car crash. Also, a damaged part of the car seat may endanger your child's life. The car seats should be replaced even if the child was not sitting in it during the accident. The impact during a car crash could cause serious damage to the seat and if you continue to use it, at a second impact your kid will likely get hurt.
If your child was seriously injured in a car accident and the injuries were caused by manufacturing mistakes or lack of seat installation guidelines, an experienced lawyer can help you build and win a product liability case. Call us today for a free case evaluation.