Although this may be an older article, it is incredibly worthwhile to read! Several years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on a safety initiative run by the state police to assess child safety seats. A voluntary inspection occurred at sites throughout the state for a two-week period. Over 75% of the 319 seats checked were not installed correctly. Of course, this is a huge cause for concern! The state police listed the most common problems as a failure to position the seat in the right direction and not properly adjusting the safety harnesses or harnessing the seat in the right manner. If you are concerned that your child's car seat is not installed correctly, you can call your local police department to see if they'd be able to do a safety check for you.
When traveling with small children, it is extremely important to make sure that they are as safe as possible in your car. This includes following suggested federal guidelines for installing safety seats, keeping children in safety seats until they reach a certain age or weight, and making sure every person in the car is wearing their seatbelt. Although you may feel that you are safe on the road, you never know when a motor vehicle accident will occur. If you and your family members are not following safety guidelines, you put yourselves at a higher risk for severe injuries or even death. If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident, please contact our law office to set up a free initial consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.