There are some cases when parents don’t buckle their children in when driving short distances, such as fetching them from school. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 2011, no less than 650 children aged 12 and below died as passengers in car-related accidents, while 148,000 were injured.
The CDC said that buckling up a toddler aged between 1 and 4 reduces the risk of death by 54%. Similarly, securing an infant in a car seat reduces fatality risk by 71%. For older children, and even for adults, the risk of death is effectively decreased by about 50% when seatbelts are worn.
Unfortunately, though, using defectively designed and manufactured child car seats and seatbelts can be injurious or fatal, too. If you think a malfunctioning child car seat or seatbelt has caused your loved one undue harm, our team of product liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to assess your situation to see if it qualifies you to file a legal complaint against the manufacturer. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 for a free case assessment today.