Parents of frisky or mischievous children will want to be sure their kids are staying secure in their car seats after being buckled up. According to a new report, nearly half of kids in car seats as young as a year old can unbuckle themselves.
Yale University researchers found 51 percent of families reported their child unbuckling their car seatbelt. Nearly 75 percent of the children were young than three when they escaped. Boys made up 59 percent of the escapees, according to news reports.
“We found that children can unbuckle from their child car safety seats by their fourth birthday, and there is an alarming 43 percent who do so when the car is in motion. It was reported as early as 12 months,” according to a Yale School of Medicine clinical fellow.
The study said children just begin to understand the safety implications of seat belt safety around age three, so it’s important for parents to keep a watchful eye on them.
As a Bellevue car accident attorney, I urge parents to pay attention to their children in car seats to ensure their safety. If children are escaping from their car seats often, parents should look into getting a different brand car seat that may be harder to unbuckle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Bellevue.