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Child Safety Seat Important Information

Child safety is the number one priority for parents and caregivers. This includes making sure that children are properly restrained in child safety seats or booster seats while in vehicles. This is especially important considering the fact that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 4 children are killed, and 529 are injured, each day as a result of a car accident.

One of the main causes of these injuries is child restraint failure. This can be the result of design and manufacturing defects or improper installation as a result of difficult to understand set-up directions. Nearly 75% of all child safety seats are improperly installed. Therefore, be sure to take your time when reading the installation instructions and do not hesitate to call the manufacturer if you have any questions in order to keep South Carolina kids safe in cars.

When it comes to design defects, it is important to make sure that your child's safety seat does not have the following things:

Three-point harness
Weak structural integrity
Tray shield
T-shield
Inadequate padding
Excessive head excursion
Vehicle incompatibility
Low-shield booster seats
Snap-in vehicle base
Lack of tether strap

You should also make sure that there are not any manufacturing defects since many child safety seats have been recalled due to flaws. These flaws include problems with the structure of the seat, the harnesses and buckles, and the safety labels.

To find out more information about finding the right child safety seat for your child and to view guidelines about child safety seats, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety website.

If you do happen to be involved in an accident in which your child is injured, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer if you feel as though there was a defect in your child's safety seat. The Shelly Leeke Law Firm knows that nothing is more important than your child's safety. Contact us at 843-277-6061 today to get the compensation that you deserve.  

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