A recent study has found that many children are not properly restrained when they are riding in a moving automobile. This new study proves to be worrisome for young ones riding in a car. Personal injury for children can end up disastrous if they were to be involved in a car accident.

Many fathers and mothers do their best to protect their children from harm. However, many adults may not be aware of some injury-related causes their vehicle or child may be participating in. In order to decrease the possibilities of a child being endangered in an accident, it is vital to be aware of all the risks a car may invoke.

One cause of car accidents for young children is when they sit at a front passenger seat when they are not yet of the right age. When small kids ride in the front of a car, the seatbelt may not fit them properly or they are not yet big enough to withstand airbags that deploy. The research has shown that many children over the age of 5 are sitting in the front seat—something that may prove to be dangerous in an event of an accident.

Other injury-causing cases can include seat belts, car seats, and booster seats. It is typically recommended that a child not be placed in a forward-facing seat until they are at least two years old or when they have exceeded the maximum weight and height recommended by the car seat manufacturer. Also, forward-facing seats should have a five-point harness for children over two years of age until the child has reached the maximum height and weight. A child should typically be in a booster seat until the ages of 8 -12, depending on the child’s weight and height. A booster seat is meant for kids until they have reached 4 ft. 9 in. and only then should they graduate to regular car seating. All children under the age of 13 are recommended to sit in the backseat and not the front seat.

These recommendations should be taken seriously by all parents. Car accidents are now the number one leading cause of children’s deaths above three-years of age. This statistic should urge parents to use the proper restraints necessary for youngsters.

The September issue of the American Journal of Preventive medicine has research which draws into light that within a certain age group, blacks and Hispanic children were the least likely to use the proper child restraints. However, a decrease in the overall car safety of children—regardless of race—is evident.

Data has shown that the older a child was, the less likely a parent implemented the proper child restraint on their kid.

The decline of obeying car seat regulations and rules should signal parents to be more careful when out in the road. Children are meant to be kept safe. Car seats and booster seats are here to help protect children from personal injury. Putting a child under proper car restraints will greatly decrease the chances of harm done to the child should the event of a car accident take place.