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Child Safety Seats Should Be Rated for Side-Impact and Rollover Crashes, Too

Published on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:59 am in Auto Accident.

Child safety seats are necessary for infants and toddlers, and larger children may need a booster seat until they are tall enough for standard seat belts to fit properly. While most child seats are tested for safety in front-end crashes, side-impact and rollover crashes account for over 50 percent of car accident deaths on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32 percent of child deaths in car accidents occur in lateral, or side-impact, crashes. Rollover accidents account for only 2.2 percent of all accidents, but they cause 28 percent of all child passenger deaths.

Car Seat Protection

In a lateral or rollover crash, the passengers are thrown toward the point of impact and may hit their heads or other body parts on the insides of the vehicle, perhaps several times. For adult passengers, side-impact and curtain airbags have reduced the risk of death and serious injury in these kinds of crashes, but airbags cannot always be relied on to work correctly with a child safety seat.

Recent updates in child safety seat design have helped reduce the risk of death or serious injury in side-impact and rollover accidents. These include shaping car seat headrests to protect the child’s head in a side-to-side crash and improving the structural strength of car seats in side-to-side impacts.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, dedicated Louisville car accident attorney Tad Thomas can help you protect your legal rights, determine what happened in the crash, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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