Proper and consistent use of a car seat is the best way to ensure that your child remains protected if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Idaho law requires a child safety seat for children weighing up to 40 lbs and a belt positioning booster for children ages six and under. Parents should not use lap-belt-only seating positions with the child’s booster seat.
Idaho’s Child Passenger Safety Law is a primary law, which means drivers can be pulled over for a violation even if they are breaking no other laws. The fine for violating the law is $79.
Reusing Car Seats
Although passing baby gear from child to child can often be a good way to save money, car seats are one product that have a limited lifespan. The components in a car seat can weaken over time, which reduces their effectiveness if a crash should occur. All car seats have expiration dates stamped on the back. In most cases, the expiration date is six years after the seat was manufactured.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA) also recommends that parents replace car seats that were previously involved in moderate to severe crashes, even if the six-year expiration date has not passed. A moderate to severe crash is defined as one that causes injury to one or more vehicle occupants, deploys the airbags, creates visible damage to the car seat, makes the car unable to be driven away from the scene of the accident, and/or damages the door nearest the car seat.
Installing Car Seats
If you’re a new parent, figuring out how to properly install and use your child’s car seat can seem like a challenging task. If you need help with your car seat, SaferCar.gov has an online locator you can use to find a child car seat inspection station in your area. In most cases, stations offer inspections by a certified car seat safety technician at no charge to you.
Holzer Edwards Can Help
If your child is injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for his or her medical care and other expenses. The experienced attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Please call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.