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State revises car seat laws to prevent injuries in car accidents

For years, parents have been advised to keep infants in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of 12 months. However, pediatricians have been advocating for these youngest passengers to remain in a rear-facing position until the age of 24 months, and lawmakers have now concurred. Connecticut children may have better odds of avoiding serious injuries during car accidents with this change.

Effective October 1, 2017, all parents of children under the age of 24 months and less than 30 pounds will be required to ensure that their children are properly fastened into a rear-facing car seat. Pediatricians have stated that the immature neck muscles of these younger children are not capable of preventing a child from suffering a serious injury such as whiplash in the event of a wreck. Additionally, children up to the age of five and under 40 pounds must be restrained in an appropriate car seat that includes the stipulated safety harness.

Last year, the state revised its laws to include the provision that children under the age of eight and less than 60 pounds are now required to remain buckled into a booster seat. With the new revisions, Connecticut joins almost three dozen other states that require children under eight to be more securely restrained, and eight other states have mandated the rear-facing position for those under two. It is hoped that these updated safety seat laws will protect young passengers from serious injuries if their vehicle is involved in a collision.

Unfortunately, regardless of the care and diligence that the majority of parents exercise, serious car accidents do occur, and in spite of these safety measures, any passenger can suffer a serious injury. Victims who are injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another party may seek information concerning the filing of a personal injury civil suit. When such litigation is decided in the victim's favor, the monetary award may offset the often significant financial damages that are frequently incurred.

Source: courant.com, "Experts Say New Car Seat Law Will Prevent Injuries And Save Lives", Daniela Altimari, Sept. 29, 2017

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