What does this mean for your children? You must use federally-approved child safety seats for children younger than 8 when they are riding in vehicles. If your child meets the weight or height requirements listed by the manufacturer then you do not need to use the car seat anymore. Safety belts are designed for a 165-pound male. Do not let your child ride in the front seat if they are younger than 8.
There is a case in Nebraska where a child was in the front seat of a van one time at age 6 and an adverse driver hit the van. The airbag deployed and paralyzed the child. He was a quadriplegic after the accident. His grandma was the driver of the van and she felt horrible guilt over the tragedy of the accident. The child lived through his teen age years and made it through high school. He passed away shortly after high school from his injuries from the accident.
If you need to check on the car seat laws of Nebraska please go to the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. There have been hundreds of crashes a year with improperly restrained children. The fine for having your child in an improper car seat is $25.00 plus court costs.
If you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.