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Child Seat Saves Life of Oxnard Girl

Within a recent 21-hour span in Oxnard, two auto accidents had very different results — and it was likely due to the use (or lack of use) of child car seats in motor vehicles.

In one accident, due to the protection afforded by her car seat, a two-year-old girl lived through a serious crash that killed both of her parents. The impact was severe, with the top of the car completely smashed in after it collided with a large commercial truck. In another accident, in which the impact was much less severe, a two-year-old boy died, while the other passengers in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries. The difference was that the boy in the second crash was not in a child seat.

According to the Oxnard Police Department, the results of these two car accidents reflect just how important it is for parents and guardians to make sure their young children are secured in child safety seats, even if they’re only traveling a short distance. In addition to California law requiring their use, these seats offer the best possible protection for kids in the event of a crash.

It’s also important to choose a child car seat that is completely safe and in good working condition. Although some parents may wish to use hand-me-down seats from relatives or friends, this isn’t always the best option, as these seats may wear out and become less safe over time. If you’re unsure if your car safety seat will adequately protect your child, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers an online resource to help you find an inspection site. There, an expert will look over your seat and determine whether it’s safe for use.

To learn more about how safety devices like child seats can mean the difference between life and death, or to explore your legal options after a serious car crash, speak with an experienced Oxnard auto accident lawyer right away.