When the child is placed in the seat be sure that he or she is strapped in tightly enough and if a five-point harness is being used, the retainer clip is placed at armpit level. These steps can help keep a child in the seat, where they belong, should a crash occur.
While a child may have several different car seats before he or she is big enough to no longer need them, it is important to make sure they do not move to the next stage too quickly. Doing so could increase the chance of them being hurt in a crash should it occur. Being rear facing as long as possible is generally safest for children.
Similarly, even once they have outgrown the need for a car seat children should not be allowed to sit in the front seat until they are 13-years-old. The reason for this is that their bones are not as strong as those who are older which places them at greater risk for suffering internal injuries.
While it is always upsetting when someone is hurt in a car accident this is particularly true when children are the victims. Following such an incident making sure the injured children get the medical attention they need to recover the best that they can. This medical treatment can be emotionally devastating for the child and his or her family as well as result in great expense. For this reason, when a car accident that leaves children hurt is the fault of another party, a personal injury lawsuit may be a good option.