According to Safe Kids USA, motor vehicle collisions remained the number one killer of children in America between 3 and 14 years of age in 2009. Current Texas law requires that children who are younger than 5 years of age and under 36 inches in height to be restrained in a car seat. A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says improperly installed car seats are responsible for many of the deaths.
The NHTSA's findings come as no suprise to Safe Kids USA, who says, despite the best intentions, four out of five car seats are not properly installed. Technicians for the group say that even minor installation mistakes could cause serious injury or death for little passengers in an accident.
Experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics say booster seats should be used until a child is 4 feet 9 inches tall and able to correctly use an adult seat belt.
If you or someone you know has been injured, please contact the Houston personal injury attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-696-5341.