Deadly Accident a Tragic Reminder of Child Car Seat Safety

Deadly Accident a Tragic Reminder of Child Car Seat Safety

30 years ago, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to require safety seats for kids in cars. But the death Tuesday of a 6-month-old Memphis child shows us parents still don't follow the law.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - 30 years ago, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to require safety seats for kids in cars. But the death Tuesday of a 6-month-old Memphis child shows us parents still don't follow the law.

Nationwide, nearly 1.5 million children are involved in car crashes each year. It's the number one killer of children ages 2 to 14. Tuesday's car accident near the airport claimed the life of a baby girl and according to police, she was in a car seat but wasn't strapped down.

"It's sad that with all the educational pieces out there and all of the information that's available out there as far as protecting your kids from child restraints, all of the horror stories that you hear, that there's still people that would roll the dice and put their kids in jeopardy and operate a motor vehicle without properly restraining their kids," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Law enforcement says these tragedies can be avoided by some simple steps. First, have your child sit with his or her back and bottom flat against the car seat, fasten the seat belt, place the lap belt over the child's lap, then place the harness straps over your child's shoulders. Last, buckle the harness and the chest-clip.

"You can always ask us and we will show you the proper way on how to put it in. If you're going to have your child in a car, you need to have them restrained properly," said Deputy Poe with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department.

The Shelby County Health Department provides infant car seats for $10 to qualifying individuals in need. Call (901) 222-9276 for more information.
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