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Experts Say Nearly 90 Percent of Child Safety Seats Incorrectly Installed

September 28, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, TN — The Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting that 90 percent of all child safety seats currently in use have been installed incorrectly. National Child Passenger Safety Week, which continues through this Saturday, highlights the importance of making sure that parents, grandparents, guardians, and all others transporting a child, must ensure the child restraint in their car was installed correctly. Failing to do so unreasonably endangers the child and gives the operator of the vehicle a false sense of security.*

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of physical injury for children according to a research paper published in 2017 by pediatric researchers from Boston, Massachusetts and Dallas, Texas. These researchers also determined that 20 percent of children killed in motor vehicle crashes were either unrestrained or improperly restrained. However, the number of children killed in motor vehicle crashes annually has gone down since the 1970s. 

Even though the number of children killed in car accidents each year is lower than 40 years ago, 723 children died in 2016 in car crashes. An approximate 128,000 children were injured in 2016 motor vehicle crashes as well. Researchers indicate that 35% of the children injured were not restrained by a seatbelt or in a car seat. Additionally, statistics show that 618,000 children each year ride in a car at one time or another without safety restraint. 

Georgia law has strict requirements for child restraint in automobiles. Children under 8 and weighing less than 57 inches tall must ride in the back seat of a vehicle. Children 8 and under must ride in a car seat or booster seat that properly fits the child. Children weighing 40 pounds or more can ride in the front seat of a vehicle that does not have a rear seat or if other children are in the back seat provided that the child sits in a car seat.

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