Thankfully, over the years we have dealt with few accident cases involving children in the Barnwood area. This is partly due to the fact that the roads in Barnwood are safe and partly due to the fact that the majority of children are safely secured in an appropriate car seat. This drastically reduces the chances of them being seriously injured should an accident occur.
However, there can be some problems with using car seats and we have encountered these problems first hand. Here are some examples.
Accident solicitor in Barnwood – incorrect size of car seat
Some children are injured unnecessarily in accident cases because they are in the incorrect size of car seat. Every car seat is designed for a specific weight of child. If a child of a different weight is put into the car seat then it may not protect the child during a crash. For example, if the child is put in a seat which is too big for them then during a crash the child may slip under the seatbelt or harness and be thrown through the windscreen. Children are also less comfortable in seats that do not fit them properly and may protest more about being put into them. This is not the time to be buying something that your child will grow into!
Accident solicitor in Barnwood – child seat too loose
A very common mistake, when fitting a child in a car seat, is to make it too loose. There are clear fitting instructions with every car seat and these need to be followed very carefully. Start by making sure the child seat rests on the car seat correctly. Make sure the seat belt is fitted through the correct route around the seat and that it has been pulled tight. If there is a lock-off device then make sure that it is in the locked position. It is well worth the small amount of time and patience that this takes. At least you can rest assured that your child will be properly protected in a crash.
Accident solicitor in Barnwood – car seat belt will not go around child seat
The length of seat belts varies by the model of the car and belts are longer than others. Also, some car seats require a longer seat belt to safely fit them. Often, parents find that rear-facing seats and two-way seats require a longer length of seat belt and this can cause problems. To overcome this, it is wise to check with both the car seat and car manufacturer that the car seat is suitable for your particular car.
For free, no-obligation advice about making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 28th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry