Are You Car Seat Smart?

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    March 22 2021

    Are You Car Seat Smart?

    Clark County students are returning to school for face-to-face instruction. If you are the parent of a young child this may mean transporting your child to and from school. Now is a great time to see if you are car seat smart. What is car seat smart? Car seat smart is knowing Nevada’s car seat requirement and how to find, install, and use the right car seat for your child. Read on to review our tips to keep you and your children safe.

    We hope these tips help you safely transport your children to school. If a car accident injures you or a loved one, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, seek legal help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. You don’t have to worry about paying for a lawyer upfront. We work on a contingency basis. That means that our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers only get paid when you win. Don’t delay. Our experienced personal injury lawyers offer the knowledge and expertise you need to win the compensation you deserve. Remember: insurance companies are not motivated to help you receive maximum compensation for your car accident injuries. You need the knowledge, expertise and experience that our personal injury lawyers provide. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    When Are Car Seats Required in Nevada?

    Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484B.157 provides the car seat requirement in Nevada. NRS 484B.157(1) states the following:

    • Any person who is transporting a child who is less than 6 years of age and who weighs 60 pounds or less in a motor vehicle operated in this State which is equipped to carry passengers shall secure the child in a child restraint system which:
    • Has been approved by the United States Department of Transportation in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. Part 571;
    • Is appropriate for the size and weight of the child; and
    • Is installed within and attached safely and securely to the motor vehicle:

    1. In accordance with the instructions for installation and attachment provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system; or

    2. In another manner that is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    What Are the Exceptions to Nevada’s Car Seat Requirement?

    Per NRS 484B.157(7), the above statute does not apply:

    • To a person who is transporting a child in a means of public transportation, including a taxi, school bus or emergency vehicle.
    • When a physician or an advanced practice registered nurse determines that the use of such a child restraint system for the particular child would be impractical or dangerous because of such factors as the child’s weight, physical unfitness or medical condition. In this case, the person transporting the child shall carry in the vehicle the signed statement of the physician or advanced practice registered nurse to that effect.

    What Are the Different Types of Car Seats?

    There are four types of car seats. The four types and their descriptions are listed below. Remember, the right car seat for your child will change by their age and weight. Review the following four types of car seats to understand what is appropriate for your child. When choosing a car seat keep in mind that not all car seats fit all vehicles. When you select a car seat make sure it fits your child as well as your vehicle.

    Rear-Facing Car Seat

    The rear-facing car seat is best for a young child. It has a harness and helps protect your child in a crash. In a crash, it cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord.

    Forward-Facing Car Seat

    The forward-facing car seat has a harness and tether that limit your child’s forward movement during a crash.

    Booster Seat

    The booster seat positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.

    Seat Belt

    Once a child outgrows their booster seat, they should still wear a seat belt. How should the seat belt fit? The seat belt should lie across the upper thighs. It should be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain your child safely in a crash. The seat belt should not rest on the stomach area or across the neck or face.

    Do You Know How to Find the Right Car Seat?

    Now that you know about the different types of car seats, you may be wondering how you can find the right car seat for your child. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a Car Seat Finder. How do you use the car seat finder? Simply click the above link and enter the following information for your child:

    • Date of birth
    • Height
    • Weight

    Once you enter in your child’s information, the Car Seat Finder provides a list of recommended car seats based on your child’s age and size.

    Do You Know How to Correctly Install a Car Seat?

    Once you find the right car seat for your child, you should make sure the car seat is installed correctly. Did you know there are resources in your community to help you with your car seat installation? The NHTSA maintains a directory of car seat inspection stations. At the car seat inspection stations, there are child passenger safety technicians who can do the following:

    • Check to make sure your car seats are installed correctly.
    • Teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own.

    Due to COVID-19, some locations now offer virtual inspections. Use the directory for assistance with installing your car seat.

    Do You Know How to Register Your Car Seat?

    Once you have purchased the correct car seat for your child and installed it correctly, you should register your car seat. Registering your car seat with the manufacturer gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. If your car seat manufacturer issues a recall, it will fix the problem for free.

    Do You Know How to Use the Car Seat?

    You should use the car seat, booster seat, or seat belt every time your child is in your vehicle. Not only is it required by law but it is also the best way to keep your child safe in a crash. Make sure you use the car seat correctly, every time. How do you properly use the car seat? Use the below tips from the NHTSA:

    • Properly position the car seat harness straps on your child.
    • Buckle the harness and chest clips and tighten.
    • Make sure the chest clip is at armpit level.

    Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers

    We hope these tips help you stay safe. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that even the most cautious person can be injured in a car accident. If another driver has injured you or a loved one, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation. Our car accident lawyers serve the Las Vegas area with the knowledge and expertise to help you gain maximum compensation for your injuries.

    With over 25 years of experience, award-winning Las Vegas law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers, specializes in personal injury claims. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case. When you speak with our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers you’ll discover that our expertise is exactly what you need. We will help you obtain just compensation for your injuries sustained in your accident. Don’t delay. Benefit from our experience: you can rely on Las Vegas’ car accident law experts – Anthem Injury Lawyers. Now is the right time to pursue your Las Vegas car accident case and get the compensation you deserve. Call our personal injury lawyers now at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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