Car Accidents and Road Traffic Injuries Are The Leading Cause of Death For Children
Lack of child restraint systems or improper use of child restraint systems greatly increases the chance of traumatic brain injury, injury to the internal organs, fractures, and unfortunately even death. Although there is no uniformity of laws governing infant seats in all 50 states, there is uniformity and universality in the thought that all responsible parents want to protect their children from harm or death. The safest place for any child in a motor vehicle is in the back seat of the vehicle. All children between ages 4 and 8 who weigh under 80 lbs. should sit in a booster seat. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the law requires that all children under age 4 ride in a federally approved car seat appropriate for the child’s age, height, and weight. While airbags are designed to prevent injuries, it is important that one never puts a rear facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger airbag. A rear facing infant restraint places the infant’s head too close to the airbag module which can cause severe injuries, brain trauma, or death if the airbag deploys.
As an experienced vehicle and airbag defect lawyer who has handled tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents, I have all too often witnessed the tragedy of airbag fatalities involving children as well as shorter individuals below the median height and weight. No doubt, the safest place for an infant to be seated is in the center of the backseat which also allows the driver to keep an eye on the baby in the rearview mirror. Studies indicate children under age 3 seated in the center of the back seat had nearly half the risk of injury in motor vehicle crashes than children seated in other positions. It seems that the center rear seating position is used less often by children and parents than safety indicates.
The Philadelphia car accident and airbag defect lawyers of Reiff & Bily are committed to consumer safety. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting from a defective airbag or safety restraint system, we always offer a free, no obligation consultation. For more information, contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.