Ohio Product Liability Attorney and Cincinnati Child Injury Lawyer reviews Injury Prevention for Child Passengers
Because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, it is critical to take preventative measures. Manufacturers of safe child seats and booster seats have a responsibility to provide consumers with effective products. If child seats are faulty and lead to injuries or deaths, the companies responsible can be held liable for gross negligence and endangering the lives of child passengers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati child injury lawyer and experienced Ohio product liability attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact auto accidents have on a victim’s life and family.
Many child passenger injuries and deaths in Ohio are considered preventable. Motorists always share in the responsibility with safe driving behavior and placing kids in appropriately-sized car seats and booster seats. Most car safety experts recommend strict car seat laws and car seat education programs in an attempt to decrease injuries and deaths to young passengers.
A study of five states that increased the child car seat/booster seat age requirement to 7 or 8 years found that the rate of children who sustained fatal or catastrophic injuries decreased by 17 percent. One safety organization recommends the following protocol:
Step 1: Rear-Facing Seats
Infants should start in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat. Rear-face until they reach the upper weight and height limits of the seat, past age 2. Keep rear-facing as long as possible. Leg crowding is expected which does not harm the child.
Step 2: Forward Facing Seats with Harnesses
When a child outgrows a rear-facing seat, use a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether in the back seat. Use a car seat with a harness and tether until age 5, or until they outgrow the height and weight limits for the harness.
Step 3: Booster Seats
When your child passengers outgrow the forward-facing car seat with harness, use a booster seat. Use a booster seat until an adult seat belt fits correctly.
Step 4: Seat Belts
Child passengers are ready for a seat belt when the shoulder strap crosses the center of the chest and rests on the shoulder (not the neck). The lap belt should fit on the upper thighs near hips (not the stomach). Knees should be able to bend, and feet should be flat on the floor.
Defective car seats are more common than many consumers are aware of. There have been recalls after reported injuries and infant deaths. Auto accidents are a leading cause of injury and death to children in the U.S.
Of course there exists car safety features to help prevent injury following a car accident, but defective child car seats can directly cause additional injuries. An infant car seat should be designed to reduce the chance for injury or death in the event of an auto accident, although child car seat defects can actually increase the chances of child injury.
Millions of car seats have been recalled, and hundreds of injuries have been reported. Child seat malfunction reports are often sent to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who will publish product safety reports. Common child car seat defects include:
In 2014, more than 121,000 children were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Common injuries, which may be the result of defective safety features or poor driving behavior, may include:
If a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective car or booster seat, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Cincinnati child injury lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.
The Lyon Firm also reviews cases involving defective strollers and defective toys that lead to accidents and injuries.