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Groups Hold Free Child Safety Seat Installation Check

By McLeod Law Group  May. 20, 2013 11:41a

MUSC Children's Hospital and SafeKids recently hosted an event in Charleston to help ensure parents and those who drive children know how to properly install a safety seat in the car. The event was held on May 6th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm in the parking lot of the North Charleston Coliseum. Everyone was invited to this "drive-through" event where technicians were on hand to inspect safety seats and their installation in the car. Technicians also helped educate parents and others on how to ensure that children were protected and kept as safe as possible through proper use of seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration four out of five child car seats are not properly used and could result in severe injuries or death in the event of a car accident. The event was prompted by several fatal accidents involving children in recent months. In one case, a child was killed in a wreck because although she was properly restrained in the seat itself, the safety seat had not been properly buckled onto the seat of the vehicle. If someone else's recklessness or negligence was responsible for the injuries to or death of a loved one then you should speak with a personal injury lawyer today.

Child Safety Seat Laws

State laws mandate that all children under the age of six must be in the back seat of a personal vehicle unless there is no back seat or all seats are filled with children under six years old already. A child one year old and/or under 20 pounds in weight must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child seat. Children one through five years of age and between 20 and 30 pounds can be in a front-facing seat. If the child is between one and five but weighs 40 to 80 pounds then he or she must be in a booster seat which allows the vehicle's safety belt to properly restrain the child. A child can sit in a car without a safety seat or booster if he or she is over 80 pounds and can sit with their back fully against the back of the seat and still be able to bend their legs over the edge of the seat.

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