When it comes to our children’s safety, it’s without a doubt that many parents pay attention to every last detail. And that’s why this dash cam of a child in a stroller flying out of a car in Minnesota is yet another reason why so many people are being reminded just how important car safety is, especially when it comes to our kids.
In the clip (which has now gone viral) the video shows a grey sedan taking a sharp right turn. The rear driver’s side door opens, and a car seat holding a child dressed in pink falls onto the pavement. And if your heart just sunk to your stomach, yes that is exactly how we feel, too.
Oh, but that’s not all. The car continues down the road, unaware of what happened in the back seat, as many people run into the road to check on the child. And now experts are urging parents to make sure their children are safely secured each and every time they sit in a back seat of a car.
Here's the thing: many safety experts believe that car seats reduce fatalities by 54 percent. Believe it or not, a whopping 86 percent of families positioned the newborn incorrectly in the seat. 77 percent incorrectly installed the seat. More than a third positioned the harness retainer clip too low. If that weren’t enough, 69 percent of babies often have a loose harness.
Parents, it’s time we pay attention to the small details.
if it didnt happen in front of me i'd never have believed it....😡 the child was ok. the parents came back. paramedics and police checked the child out as well. very lucky. (For usage and licensing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)Posted by Chad Cheddar Mock on Monday, January 14, 2019
With that said, many kids aren't ready to make the switch from a booster seat to seat belts until they're at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and can pass the five-step test below or typically between ages 8 and 10.
Also, keep in mind that children 3 years and over, up to 135 cm tall must sit in the rear and use an adult seat belt. Children aged 12 years or more, or over 135cm tall, may travel the front, but must wear the seat belt. In some states, the penalty for a seat belt or car seat violation is a fine of up $50. If the violation is for a person under the age of 16, the driver receives a maximum fine of $100 and three driver violation points upon conviction.