10/09/2012 // Dallas, Texas // 1-800-Car-Wreck // Eberstein & Witherite // (press release)
1800-Car-Wreck News – Many parents and caregivers struggle to understand their obligations under child safety seat laws and regulations. This struggle is compounded by the fact that different states have different standards regulating the use of child safety seats. Now, the rules regarding child safety seats will change yet again. According to a recent news article, beginning in 2014, parents will be warned not to use a federally required child safety seat attachment system in some situations.
The new rule requires child safety seat makers to inform parents not to use the lower anchors if a child and the child’s car seat has a combined weight of 65 pounds. The strength of the anchors cannot be guaranteed at higher weights. Child safety seats typically weigh 15 to 33 pounds. So, this new rule will mean that some children as light as 32 pounds may not be able to take advantage of this anchor system.
Many parents use this anchor system. It is known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). LATCH has been required in cars since 2001. It was designed to make child safety seats easier to install, however, securing a child’s safety seat with a seat belt is equally as safe.
Child safety seats reduce the chance of injury in an auto collision, but no safety seat can completely eliminate the risk of injury. If your child was hurt in an auto collision, contact Dallas car wreck lawyer Amy Witherite. You may reach Ms. Witherite and the other Dallas, Texas car accident lawyers at her firm, Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, at 214.378.6665
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