Driving is something most people do every day. For parents, keeping children safe in the car is a top priority. Unfortunately, statistics released by the Colorado Department of Transportation identify motor vehicle injuries as the leading cause of death for children between the ages of three and 14. What’s even more devastating is that many of these deaths were preventable. Between 2006 and 2010, for example, more than half of the child fatalities on Colorado roads involved a child who was either not in a child safety seat or riding in a seat that was improperly installed.
Colorado’s Child Safety Seat Laws
Colorado law requires vehicle safety seats for all children under eight years old. Infants up to age one and a weight of up to 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. According to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, rear-facing seats are generally safest for children weighing up to 35 pounds. Fortunately, many car seat manufacturers make child safety seats to accommodate this increased weight range. The hospital also recommends a five-point harness for children between the ages of one and four years old or up to 40 pounds.
Colorado’s current booster seat law has been in place since August 2011 and mandates that children between the ages of four and eight ride in a child restraint system. Children should remain in a booster seat until they are 57 inches tall and eight years old. The Children’s Hospital of Colorado recommends using the child’s height as the guiding factor, as some children over eight years old may not be 57 inches tall.
Finally, the back seat is the safest place for kids until age 13 and 100 pounds. Although pre-teens and teenagers may balk at riding in the back, safety should always prevail. Because airbags can seriously injure a child riding in the front seat, it is important to keep your kids in the back as long as possible.
Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or your child has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.
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