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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney – Keeping Children Safe In Savannah – Proper Use of Child Safety Seats

Transporting a child in a passenger vehicle without being in a car seat or being improperly restrained is against the law. Yet, there are people who do it without realizing how they are endangering their children’s lives. Based on research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats have been found to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants less than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers age 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars.

After seeing such statistics, it goes without saying that this is why all children under a certain age should always be restrained in a car seat suitable for their weight and height and that follow Georgia state laws (each state’s laws differ).

To make sure you are using your child’s car seat properly and safely, it is always a good idea to have your seats inspected. Take advantage of the many free inspection sites right here in Chatham County.

Chatham Co. Health Department
420 Mall Blvd., Suite A
Savannah, GA 31406
9:00am – 3:30pm Wednesday
Call Alison Gramza at 912-353-3148

Memorial Health University Medical Center
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31406
Contact: Tammy Estrada at 912-350-5902

SAFE KIDS of Savannah Coalition
420 Mall Blvd., Suite A
Savannah, GA 31406
Contact: Jane Garrison at 912-356-2969

AAA Auto Club South
712 Mall Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31406
Contact: Tamara Greene at 912-352-8222

According to Georgia law, effective July 1, 2011, children under age 8 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, car seats should:

  • be in the rear seat.
  • be appropriate for the child’s weight and height.
  • allow no more movement than one inch from either side-to-side or front-to-back.

And, children:

  • should remain rear-facing until they reach the upper weight limit or height allowed by the seat manufacturer.
  • should remain in a booster seat until the safety belt fits them correctly across the hips and collar bone.
  • under age 12 should ride in the back seat of the vehicle whenever possible. The back seat is always the safest place in a vehicle for children.

Operating a moving vehicle without securing children in a car seat can have serious and shattering consequences in the event of a motor vehicle accident, including serious injury or even death. Always consult with your car seat manufacturer’s manual for directions on proper use and installation of your particular car seat.

The small amount of extra time it takes to ensure proper installation and use of your child’s safety seat is definitely worth the life it could save.

Visit Ty’s Article Library to learn more about car seat safety.

Ty Wilson is a personal injury attorney in Georgia with offices in Savannah and Atlanta 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.

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