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Safest Seat in the Car for a Child?

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child seat belt lawNorth Carolina, like all other states, has child seat safety laws that govern where children are legally permitted to ride as a passenger. These regulations are determined based on children's size or age. (Learn more about North Carolina child seat belt laws.) Where is the safest place for a child to sit?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created specific guidelines for children aged 12 and under, or who under 57 inches tall. Their guidelines consistently encourage parents and guardians to use:

Rear seats. 

Front seats are dangerous for young children as they can be severely injured or killed from air bag injuries in the event of a collision. Air bag injuries can cause facial disfiguration, loss of vision, and extensive surgeries with long recovery times.

Parents should follow the specific car seat guidelines for proper fit, as well as follow state requirements for children's seat belt use. Infants and toddlers under the age of 2 should remain in rear-facing child safety seats until their size permits them to move into a forward-facing child safety seat.

For parents or guardians who have three seats in the second row, or maybe even a third or fourth row of seating in a large vehicle, where is the safest place for a child to sit? According to the CDC:

"Place children in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle."

Learn about preventing rear-seat passenger injuries.

Wonder if you are liable for your injuries if you neglect to wear a seat belt? Our Raleigh injury lawyers review a special statute that addresses a seat belt law loophole.