Child Passenger Safety Week emphasizes risk of St. Louis car accidents involving children

Child Passenger Safety Week emphasizes risk of St. Louis car accidents involving children

Looking after a child is no simple task. Sure the rewards are plenty, but overseeing every aspect of a child’s life – from education to diet to character development – can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned caregiver. Perhaps one of the most loving things a parent can do is the simple act of keeping a child safe.

In an effort to help families protect their child passengers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is once again sponsoring their annual Child Passenger Safety Week. This program targets behind-the-wheel awareness for keeping kids safe from St. Louis car accidents. Aside from safety tips and precautions, the NHTSA website also offers a link so caregivers can monitor child restraint recalls.

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According to St. Louis Today, it takes about 30 hours of training to become qualified to certify whether a child car seat – be it infant or booster – is properly installed in a vehicle. As part of the NHTSA campaign, St. Louis law enforcement will be stopping motorists to check for child restraint violations. In tandem with this effort, a handful of local social service and charitable agencies will be hosting free child safety seat inspections throughout the greater St. Louis area.

But, infants aren’t the only pint-sized passengers who need special accommodations when it comes to riding in a car. In Missouri, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, state law requires that children aged 3 or younger, or who weigh less than 40-lbs., must use a car seat and child restraint. For children ages 4-7, or those who weigh between 40-80 pounds and are shorter than 4’9″, a booster seat and child restraint is required. If a child is under age 16, weighs more than 80-lbs., and is at least 4’9″ tall, they must wear a seat belt.

The St. Louis car accident attorneys with Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC, know that being involved in serious car accident can be both physically and emotionally devastating, especially if a child is involved. If you or a family member has been injured in a St. Louis car accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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