A failure to use a child car seat or a failure to properly use it could lead to serious child head injuries. It could also result in other damages such as broken bones, lacerations or spinal cord injuries.
In Texas, as of Sept. 1, 2009, children who are younger than the age of 8 or shorter than 4’9” must use an appropriate child safety seat, meaning one that accommodates their size and height.
Until babies weigh 20 pounds and are 1 year old, they should ride in a child seat that faces the rear end of the car. The seat should never be placed in the front seat of a vehicle that contains an airbag.
Children who weigh more than 40 pounds or whose ears reach the top of a car seat should be placed in a booster seat. They’re secured with the lap and shoulder belt. The belt should come across the center of the shoulder, never over the neck or face.
Child safety seat laws in Texas also state that children who are 16 or younger must wear seat belts, no matter where they’re sitting in a vehicle. In addition, no matter the age, anyone riding in the front seat must always wear a seat belt.
Contact a child injury Austin, TX attorney if your child was seriously injured in a car accident in Texas that was caused by someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation.
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