Lenient Child Seat Laws

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the state of Florida has some of the nation’s most lenient child-seat laws. These laws put children at risk for serious injury in Florida if a car accident were to occur, according to the agency.

Currently, Florida only requires child safety restraints to be used for children up to the age of three. Under these current laws, the agency argues that thousands of children in Florida between the age of four and eight that are riding in motor vehicles on the state’s roadways are being exposed to an “unnecessary risk” of injury or even death in a car crash. Some of them happen in Pompano Beach, where a Pompano Beach car accident lawyer would be helpful.

Last week, the NTSB cited Florida as one of 21 states, plus two territories, not currently meeting the agency’s 1996 recommendations on child safety restraints. The agency’s recommendation was that all children up to the age of eight, not three, be covered by state’s child safety restraint laws. However, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does require children ages 4 and 5 to be “secured by either a federally approved child-restraint seat or a safety belt,” and all children under 18 to be buckled up at all times no matter where they are sitting.
NTSB called on the 23 legislatures to pass laws by next year that meet or exceed the NTSB guidelines, as eight states did in 2009. The chairwoman of the NTSB, Deborah A.P. Hersman, commented that “this action is critical if we are serious about keeping our youngest travelers safe on the roadways.”

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