In the United States, motor vehicle injuries are the leading causes of death for children ages 3-14 years old. In Kansas, there were 341 fatal accidents across the state, in 2014. Of those, where children (aged 4-14) were passengers, 54.4% involved in fatal accident were improperly restrained. We can do better Kansas!
Child Restraint Law
Kansas law requires children less than 18 years of age be properly restrained no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Children through age 3 must be secured in a separate carrier (child safety seat) or in a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child safety seat.
For children under the age of 1: For the best possible protection keep the infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
For children ages 1, 2, and 3: When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat.
For children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7: Are required to ride in a booster seat unless: the child weighs more than 80 pounds, or the child is taller than 4 feet nine inches, or only a lap belt is available. Children who meet the above height and weight criteria must be protected by a seatbelt.
Children ages 8 and up: Are required to be protected by a seat belt.
Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least one (1) year old and weigh 20 pounds or more. The coalition recommends that children stay rear-facing until they reach the weight limit of the car seat or 35 pounds as the child is safer. Rear-facing, the infant, should be semi-upright at an angle of no more than 45 degrees. A forward-facing older child should ride sitting upright. We recommend that all children age 13 years of age and younger ride in the rear seat. Never place a child in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger air bag.
Best & Worst Car Seats
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers a best and worst list for car seats here. Consider checking this list before you purchase a car seat.
Your child may be using a car seat that has been recalled. This posses a great safety risk to him/her. Check here to see if your car seat is on the list.
Kansas Car Seat Check Events
Here is a link to car seat check events. Take the advice and assistance from those trained to ensure the proper use of child restraints. It just may save your little one's life.
We care about your child's safety! It's possible that you may be involved in an accident and have followed the guidelines above. If you or your child is injured in accident, nonetheless, we are here to be the Kansas personal injury lawyer by your side. Call Attorney T. Morton @ 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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