Proper Seat Belt Position and Booster Seats
Parents often purchase booster seats for their children as a way to improve their safety in case of an auto accident. These boosters are very important in increasing a child’s height, allowing them to properly use a seat belt. However, these seats may also put children in dangerous situations if the booster seat is defective and doesn’t allow for a proper seat belt fit. This could lead to serious injuries that cause physical, emotional, and financial suffering for the entire family.
If your child has been injured by a defective booster seat that caused an improper seat belt fit, we may be able to help you file for compensation against the responsible manufacturer. For additional information regarding your legal options, contact our Waukesha auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.
Displacement of Seat Belts Caused by Booster Seats
A booster seat should give a child the height boost they need to safely benefit from the use of a vehicle’s seat belt. However, these seats shouldn’t cause the seat belt to fit improperly or in a way that will not protect the child in the case of an accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, seat belts need to rest in the following ways for children in booster seats:
- The waist strap should tighten around the upper legs
- The waist strap shouldn’t tighten around the waist itself
- The shoulder strap should tighten around the shoulder
- The shoulder strap should avoid tightening around the neck
- The shoulder strap should avoid tightening around the arm
It’s crucial for these booster seats to adjust a child’s height so the seat belt can fit according to what’s considered most safe for that child. Failure to do so because of a poor design or product defect can potentially leave a child with serious injuries after an accident.
If your family is dealing with the injury of your child because of a defective booster seat, we may be able to assist you with filing a personal injury claim against the product manufacturer. For a free consultation of your case, contact our Waukesha auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.