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NTSB Urges Safety Seat Use for Children in Florida

Posted on December 1, 2010

Before the Florida legislature meets on the first Tuesday in March (after the first Monday in March), expect to hear a lot of commotion about a proposal to keep children between the ages of 4 and 7 safer in automobiles, according to The Ledger.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is making no secret of its plan to campaign for a booster seat requirement for young children who are too small to benefit from adult seat belts. As it stands now, children under the age of 4 are required to be strapped into a car seat in the back of the vehicle. The NTSB wants the children ages 4 to age 7, or any child up to 4’ 9” to be required to sit in a booster seat that positions the child high enough so the adult seat belt hits him with the correct placement to make the belt effective. Florida is one of three states without such a requirement.

Specifically, expect to hear from Rep. Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach, who is the sponsor of — HB 11 — that requires booster seats for all children who have outgrown car seats. “As an adult you have to properly secure yourself,” he says, “yet for some reason a child who is five, six years old doesn’t have to be properly secured? It just doesn’t make sense.”

It also doesn’t make sense for children to go without because the booster seats can be bought for under $20. We certainly hope you or your children are never injured in an auto accident, but if you are, the experienced Florida car crash attorneys at Farah & Farah will be there as you face your physical, emotional, and financial challenges, all due to someone else’s negligence. Let Farah & Farah serve as a guide to find compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages as well as the ongoing cost of rehabilitation. The call is complimentary and can change the direction of your case from hopeless to hopeful. Call us.