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    Are You Keeping Your Kids in Car Seats?
    December 22 2022

    A tragic accident took the lives of two toddlers in Las Vegas this month in a suspected DUI crash. The toddlers were reportedly wearing adult seat belts instead of sitting in child car seats. It’s important to always drive sober. For more information on the importance of driving sober, see Did You Know It’s National Impaired Driving Prevention Month? It’s also important to keep children in car seats. Here, we discuss Nevada’s child safety seat law and how to check that your child is in the right car seat.

    We hope the below information helps you keep your kids safe. If another driver injures you or a loved one in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Facts About Car Seats

    Car seats play an important role in keeping children safe in cars. According to Safe Kids Worldwide:

    • Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

    Unfortunately, cars continue to be a dangerous place for children. According to Safe Kids Worldwide:

    • Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States.
    • More than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

    We hope you and your children stay safe in the car. Keep reading as we provide Nevada’s car seat law and discuss car seat selection and installation.

    Nevada’s Car Seat Law

    Car seats and booster seats help to keep children safe in cars. If you are traveling to other states during the holidays, be sure to review their car seat laws. For more information, see Do You Know State Laws for Car Seats?

    In Nevada, drivers and passengers in all seating positions are required to wear a seat belt or be in an approved child safety seat. Nevada’s car seat law requires that a child less than 6 years of age and less than 57 inches tall be secured in child restraint system while being transported in a motor vehicle. Additionally, a child less than 2 years of age must be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system in the back seat.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.157

    Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.157(1)(a), any person transporting a child who is less than 6 years of age and less than 57 inches tall in a motor vehicle shall secure the child in a child restraint system which:

    • Has been approved by the United States Department of Transportation
    • Is appropriate for the size and weight of the child
    • Is installed within and attached safely and securely to the motor vehicle

    Additionally, under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.157(1)(b) any person transporting a child who is less than 2 years of age shall secure the child in a rear-facing child restraint system in the back seat of the motor vehicle.

    Even the most responsible driver can be injured in a car accident. If you or your children are injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    How To Find a Car Seat

    Finding a car seat for your child can feel overwhelming. To make car seat selection easier for parents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a Car Seat Finder.

    Using the Car Seat Finder is simple. First, click here. Then 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. The recommendations are based on your child’s age and size.

    How To Check if Your Child Is in the Right Car Seat

    Keep in mind that your child’s car seat needs will change as they grow and age. Here, we provide tips to check if your child is in the right car seat.

    Check the Fit of Your Child’s Car Seat

    Children grow fast. A car seat should fit your child’s current size and age. Different types of car seats are designed for different ages and sizes of children. Car seat types include the following:

    • Rear-facing
    • Forward-facing
    • Booster seat

    Check the specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions for height and weight limits.

    Check That the Car Seat Fits Your Vehicle

    When selecting a car seat for your child, you should make sure that the car seat fits your child. You should also make sure that the car seat fits your vehicle. Test the car seat in your vehicle before you plan to use it.

    Check the Car Seat Installation

    Once you have made sure that the car seat fits your child and your vehicle, it’s important to make sure that it is installed correctly.

    It’s okay to ask for help when installing a car seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides detailed car seat installation instructions and videos.

    You can also get your car seat checked by a child passenger safety technician in your community. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a directory of many inspection stations. Simply enter your location to search for an inspection station near you. The child passenger safety technician can do the following:

    • Inspect your car seat
    • Show you how to correctly install and use the car seat

    We hope you and your loved ones are safe in your vehicle. We also understand that accidents can happen, even to the most cautious individual. If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident due to the fault of someone else, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers. Our experienced team can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Winter Car Seat Reminder

    As the weather cools, your child may be wearing a bulky jacket or other layers. It is important to keep your child warm. It is also important to keep their safety in mind when they are riding in a car seat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    • Bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat.
    • In a car crash, fluffy padding in a coat immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat.

    If you’re concerned about keeping your child warm and safe in the car seat, use the following tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    • Store the carrier portion of infant seats inside the house when not in use.
    • Get an early start.
    • Dress your child in thin layers.
    • Remember hats, mittens and socks or booties.
    • Tighten the straps of the car seat harness.
    • Use a coat or blanket over the straps.

    Even the most responsible person can be injured in a car accident. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Having a top attorney at your side to fight for your rights in your Las Vegas accident case can make all the difference when you’re trying to get the compensation you deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    We hope the above discussion helps you keep your children safe. If a Las Vegas driver injures you in a car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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