Child Passenger Safety Week and its culminating Seat Check Saturday provide a free opportunity for parents of small children to make sure they are keeping their little boys and girls safe in the car.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 21, 2012
Tampa car accident attorney Larry Disparti today urged all parents of young children to participate in National Seat Check Saturday on September 22 and to review the proper installation of child safety and booster seats in their motor vehicles.
“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our children and nothing more crucial to a child’s safety than the proper installation and use of a car safety seat for small children, particularly if the car is involved in a crash,” said Disparti, founder of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., a Tampa personal injury and Social Security disability benefits law firm.
“Child Passenger Safety Week and its culminating Seat Check Saturday provide a free opportunity for parents of small children to make sure they are keeping their little boys and girls safe in the car,” the Tampa car accident lawyer said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week through National Seat Check Saturday on September 22. Hundreds of certified child passenger safety technicians will be available at sites across the country to inspect car seats and provide parents and caregivers hands-on advice and instruction about how to choose the right car seat and use it correctly.
Florida law requires children ages 3 and younger to ride in a crash-tested, federally approved child safety seat. Children who are 4 and 5 years old must be restrained by a seat belt or a child safety seat.
The NHTSA says a new survey has identified five common mistakes made by parents and caregivers when using and installing car seats:
- Harness straps used to hold the child in the car seat were positioned either too low or too high.
- Harness chest clip was positioned over the abdomen rather than the chest, or not used at all.
- The car seat was too loose, causing it to move more than two inches side-to-side or front to back. (Anything more than one inch is too much.)
- The harness was too loose, leaving more than two inches of total slack between the child and the harness strap. (There should be no slack.)
- The lap belt was resting over the child’s stomach and/or the shoulder belt was on the child's neck or face.
Disparti noted that organizations throughout Florida are hosting Seat Check Saturday events, including several in the Tampa area:
- AAA Carrollwood Traffic Safety Foundation, 14755 Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
- AAA New Tampa Traffic Safety Foundation, 20315 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa
- AAA Westshore Traffic Safety Foundation, 1515 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa
- AAA Brandon Traffic Safety Foundation, 415 Robertson St. W, Brandon
- St. Joseph Children, 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa
- St. Joseph Children’s Hospital-Advocacy Center, 1401 E Fowler Ave., Tampa
- All Children Main Campus, 501 6th Ave. S, St. Petersburg
“We have seen too many car accidents caused by careless and reckless drivers who were only slightly injured, but where small children in either car who were not properly restrained suffered terrible, catastrophic injuries,” Disparti said.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., investigates car wrecks in the preparation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits it pursues on behalf of Florida residents who have been injured or lost family members in motor vehicle accidents.
“It only takes a moment to learn how to use a car seat properly, and a couple of seconds more each time you place a child in the seat to make sure they are in it properly,” the veteran Florida accident attorney continued. “It is such an important thing to do for the safety of your child.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Tampa personal injury and Social Security disability benefits law firm that handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. Additionally, the firm provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the South Florida communities of Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bonita Springs, Clearwater, Fort Meyers, Holiday, Naples and Port Charlotte. The firm’s Tampa office is located at 2203 N. Lois #830, Tampa, FL 33607 (local phone (813) 932-2942). To learn more about the Tampa Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.