Are You Putting Your Child in Danger Every Day?

When our son was an infant he underwent surgery requiring general anesthesia.  This terrified us.  The pediatric anesthesiologist patiently answered our questions and then remarked, “You put him in the most dangerous situation everyday:  Driving with him in your car.”

Car accidents are the most common cause of preventable deaths and serious injuries to children.   In addition to being unsafe, a child’s claim can be compromised if the child was not properly restrained or was permitted to sit in the front seat at the time of a collision.  Many parents unknowingly jeopardize the safety of their children by not securing them in booster seats and allowing children to sit in the front seat.

Under Arizona law (ARS § 28-907), children MUST be in a booster until they are eight years old or at least 4’ 9” tall.  It is highly recommended that your child remain in a booster even if he meets the age, but not the height requirement.  In fact, most children need a booster until ten to eleven years of age.  Also, all children younger than thirteen should ride in the back seat.

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