Is Vehicle Restraint Always Necessary for Children? Some Parents Say No

According to California child seat belt laws, all youngsters must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 8 years old or at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Additionally, the law also states that everyone riding in a vehicle must be restained by an approved self-restraint system. These laws, however, don’t prevent some parents from letting their children ride without wearing seatbelts.

Why Some Parents Allow Their Children to Travel Unrestrained

In an online study conducted by Taylor and Francis Online, parents and caregivers of children age 10 and younger were asked questions about child restraint practices, including frequency of and reasons for not using them. The results were eye-opening. Here, we discuss some of the most significant revelations from the study.

  • Out of the 1,285 parents and guardians who participated in the study, 23.8 percent of respondents admitted to driving with their children not fully restrained on at least one occasion.
  • About 1 in 5 participants stated that they believed allowing their children to ride unrestrained was acceptable in some situations, including when going for short trips, riding in taxis, if they are in a rush, if someone is holding the child, if there is an inadequate number of restraints in the vehicle, or as a reward for the child.

Was Your Child the Victim of a Car Accident That Was Caused by Negligence?

Medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time away from work are just some of the issues car accident victims face. Parents of children who are car accident victims also have to suffer through watching their children endure injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence. If you were involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. The Steinberg Injury Lawyers may be able to get you the help you need. Contact us today by calling 800-989-6385 to schedule your case evaluation to find out what we can do for you.

Peter Steinberg
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