Trying to figure out what car seat you should be using, what size your child needs to be to use it, and how to properly install it can make a parent’s head spin. However, mistakes in use and installation can prove catastrophic in the event of an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 3 out 4 car seats are not used properly.
In Atlanta and surrounding counties, however, there are child safety seat inspection stations you can go to free of charge to get your car seat checked for weight and height limits as well as proper installation. These stations are all over the state of Georgia. Here is a list of places you can go specifically in Atlanta:
Fulton County Dept. of Health and Wellness
265 Boulevard, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
10 – 2pm M-F
Call for Appointment
CITY OF ATLANTA FIRE STATIONS
Contact William Hutchinson for more information
Injury Free Coalition for Kids
49 Jessie Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Contact: Ana Everett – Spanish speaking
New Georgia law, effective July 1, 2011, states that children under 8 years old must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat while riding in passenger automobiles, vans, and pickup trucks with the exception of taxicabs and public transit vehicles.
Additionally, the car seat and/or booster seat must:
- Be in the rear seat.
- Be appropriate for the child’s weight and height.
- Meet all U.S. Federal standards.
- Be installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Child restraints should be installed with no more than one inch of movement from side-to-side or front-to-back (tested at the belt path).
- Children should remain rear-facing until they reach the upper weight limit or height allowed by the seat.
- Children should remain in a booster seat until the safety belt fits them correctly across the hips and collar bone.
- Children 12 and under should ride in the back seat of the vehicle whenever possible. The back seat is the safest position for children.
It is always important to use your car seat manual to check for proper installation instructions, as well as weight and other restrictions.
Visit the NHTSA website for more information at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS as well as Ty’s article library to read his article Car Seats Save Lives – Child Restraint Safety Information.
Ty Wilson is a personal injury attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order his free book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims. This book is intended to give you and/or your loved one a solid foundation regarding Georgia auto accident claims, how to hire an attorney, and how to deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.