We can’t stress enough how important it is to properly secure children in car seats when traveling. Taking the time to do it right just might save a life and in a recent accident in Hamilton County, it very well may have.
The crash occurred last weekend on Highway 58 in the 6200 block. According to police, a man pulled his pickup truck in front of a minivan. It’s not certain if the man had a medical condition or if he was trying to make a U-turn. A report from the Chattanooga Police Department stated, “The minivan was traveling south on Highway 58 behind me, and for whatever reasons, the truck turned into oncoming traffic, obviously turned into the van, and that’s how the collision occurred.” Regardless, the minivan didn’t have time to stop in order to avoid a collision and slammed into the truck.
Inside the minivan were a mother and two children. The man who was driving the truck was injured in the accident, but the mother and her children avoided serious injury. Police are attributing the children’s good fortune to being secured in properly installed car seats.
Car seats will always reduce the risk of a child being injured in a wreck.
So what are the child car seat laws in Tennessee?
- Any child that is younger than 1 year or weighs less than 20lbs is required to be properly secured in an approved rear-facing child restraint system.
- Children between the ages of 1 to 3 that weigh over 20lbs are required to be properly secured in an approved forward-facing children restraint system.
- Children between the ages of 4 to 8 that are less than 4’9” tall are required to be properly secured in an approved booster seat system.
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Source. WDEF.com, ‘http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Properly-Installed-Car-Seats-Saved-Childrens/xR58LHmT2EKu2Rq6DJYA5A.cspx,’ Alisha Searl, July 31, 2014.