What Relatives and Babysitters Need to Know About Car Seat Safety
There are many times that parents need to leave their children with a relative, babysitter, or neighbor. Whatever the reason—date night, work, or an emergency—it is important that those who watch kids know about car seat safety in Florida. Since, car crashes are the number one cause of injuries and death to children, we urge those who watch kids to read this blog.
Some of the people who frequently watch young kids are children’s grandparents. Because parents often trust grandma and grandpa above everyone else, grandparents are likely to drive their grandkids around at some point. While grandparents are, in fact, parents who used to regularly drive their own children around town, it has likely been many years that a grandparent has had to install a car seat.
Although grandparents aren’t looking to cause their grandkids any harm, they could accidentally install a car seat wrong or buckle up a child incorrectly. While it might not seem like rocket science, installing a car seat can be harder than it looks. Also, knowing how tight to pull the straps around a small child and where the chest clip should be located are things grandparents and others should be reminded about before driving a child.
Because car accidents occur daily, we urge all grandparents, or those watching children, to do the following:
- Read up on car seat laws
- Attend a free car seat check
- Avoid using second-hand car seats
- Never let a child ride in the front seat
- Make sure all children under two are in rear-facing car seats
- Use new car seats
- Double check to make sure the seat belt and car seat belts and clips are secure
- Always buckle yourself in
If you have done everything correct and your grandkid, or the child you were watching, was injured in a car crash, you need to contact a knowledgeable accident attorney in South Florida. Call the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.