Across the state this week, police officers will be pushing a new effort to check child safety seats. Drivers whose children who are improperly secured will be ticketed. As parents ourselves as well as Arizona car accident attorneys, we appreciate this increased endeavor to protect our children while they travel.
Arizona law requires the following:
• Infants aged up to at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds should be in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of your vehicle.
• For children up to five years old or 40 pounds, parents should secure them in a rear-facing seat as long as they will fit, and keep them in a seat with a full harness that faces forward when they outgrow it.
Child advocates also recommend:
• Children older than five should ride in a booster seat until they reach 4 ft 9 in tall. This is when the adult seat belt should fit correctly across the child’s thighs and torso.
• Until they are age 13 and older, children should always ride in the back seat of the vehicle, as front air bags could pose severe injury.
If your child uses a car or booster seat, you can have it inspected for free with the Phoenix Fire department to ensure it is properly installed. You can call for a reservation at 602-495-KIDS.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, please call us for a free consultation at (480) 753-4534. We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.