The state of Florida has child car seat requirements to help protect younger passengers from serious injury and death in car accidents. These requirements are based on the age and weight of a child as follows:
- Infants up to one year old and under 20 pounds must be in a federally-approved, rear-facing car seat. This seat must be manufactured with proper restraints for a small child and be securely installed in the back seat of the car
- Children over 20 pounds and up to three years old must also be secured in the back seat of a car. They can be front facing, but the seat must be harness-style to prohibit forward movement in case of a car accident
- Children under 80 pounds and between four and five years old are not required to be in a car seat, but it is strongly suggested for their safety. These seats can be a booster-style in which the child is secured with a lap band. It is recommended that children under four feet nine inches should remain in a booster in the back seat of a car
Car accidents can happen at any time. If you are carrying children in your car, even the best car seat may prove incapable of protecting them from all injuries. If your child has been injured in an accident, the a West Palm Beach accident attorney from the Cochran Firm can fight for your rights, and help get you the full compensation you deserve.
If you have been involved in a car accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with one of our accident attorneys today.