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While Florida car safety laws are not strict for children 6 or older, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles clearly recommends that children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat of the vehicle. The reason is that, when deployed, airbags can be extremely dangerous for those under certain height and weight limits.
Yes, but it has been proved it is safer for them to travel in the car's back seats. Kids under 12 years old are not allowed to travel in the front seat, except for the babies, who must sit in a special device and, very important, the law states that the airbag situated near their seat should not be able to open in case of an accident.
Children with a height of 4 ft 5 can travel in the front seats only if they are wearing adult seat belts that must be 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.
Many parents wonder, after being involved in an accident, if they need to replace the car seats. What they should know is that even a minor accident can affect the car seat and they are advised to replace it. Structural integrity may be compromised, some damage cannot be noticed with the naked eye, therefore affecting your child's safety. 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.
Even after a minor car accident, the structural integrity and overall safety of a car seat may be compromised, even if the damage is not visible to the naked eye. Parts may have been dislodged or loosened, is it generally recommended that you replace the safety seat after a car crash.
The car seats should be replaced even if the child was not sitting there 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.
Besides, not replacing the car seats after an accident will make it difficult for us or anybody else to help you win a case based on a car crash resulting in the injury of a kid or worse.
A child can be seriously injured in a car accident. If he or she sustained injuries caused by manufacturing mistakes or lack of a proper child seat installation guide while traveling in the front seat, an experienced lawyer could help you win the case. The company you believe is at fault will not be able to use the fact that the child was traveling in the front seat against you in court, as it is perfectly legal.