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A new year means new laws. Here’s a look at some of the changes.
Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat’s height or weight limits.
Graco Children’s Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.
Traffic is congested at a busy downtown Spokane intersection as police investigate a collision that toppled an SUV this morning and sent five people to area hospitals for treatment.
Spokane County law enforcement obtained a continuation of an April grant to promote the correct use of child car seats through education and enforcement.
Dear Mr. Dad: I’m in charge of installing our 16-month-old daughter’s car seat and my wife says I need to turn it around to rear-facing again because there’s a new regulation. But my daughter loves looking forward. Is it really necessary to make her face rear again?
A vehicular homicide charge was dismissed Thursday against a Post Falls mother whose daughter was fatally injured five years ago while riding in an improperly installed car seat. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen agreed with defense arguments that 26-year-old Eileen C. Jensen’s failure to correctly use the car seat was tragic but not criminally negligent, ending a legal case that brought widespread public attention to car seat safety issues.
A vehicular homicide charge was dismissed Thursday against a Post Falls mother whose daughter was fatally injured while riding in an improperly installed car seat five years ago. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen agreed with defense arguments that 26-year-old Eileen C. Jensen’s failure to correctly use the car seat was tragic but not criminally negligent, ending a legal case that brought widespread public attention to car seat safety issues.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. The monthlong focus of Our Kids: Our Business is growing children into successful adults. The proper use of child safety seats can help get them to adulthood, period. Some car seat facts:
Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller guides parents through the steps for properly installing a rear-facing child safety seat for infants.
A 6-year-old girl from Grant County died Monday evening in a one-car rollover accident that occurred when her mother, the driver, reached for a cell phone, sheriff’s deputies said.
A free child car seat safety check is being offered on Saturday at Wal-Mart in Airway Heights from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spokane sheriff’s deputies and Spokane Valley police will be monitoring traffic at seven locations through this month to increase enforcement and public awareness of child safety restraint laws.
A child’s death in a crash is something Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller works hard to prevent. She has spent many Saturdays crawling into cars, trucks and vans during car seat clinics to make sure a child’s safety seat does its job in the event of a crash.
Given Washington state’s historic role in establishing child booster seat requirements, it was especially distressing to read that the law was ignored in Thursday’s crash involving two city-owned vans transporting 19 children from the Northeast Youth Center to two elementary schools. Six of the children were required to be strapped into booster seats. Not one of them was. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt, though 15 children were transported to hospitals. That’s a phone call no parent wants to receive. Police say the appropriate parties will receive citations, but we can all learn from the incident.
Although the city-owned vans involved in a crash in northeast Spokane on Thursday were equipped with booster seats, none of the children was buckled into one, police said.
Spokane law enforcement officers found scores of child safety-restraint violations in March during the first stage of a program to improve compliance with the law.
Starting today, Spokane police will be putting an emphasis on making sure children are strapped into their car seats properly.
BOISE – An Idaho senator says the state could get federal money to purchase safety seats for low-income families, but the state car seat law would have to be changed. Sagle Republican Sen. Joyce Broadsword told the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday that federal money would depend on changing a law that allows children under 6 to be out of a safety seat if there are not enough seat belts in the vehicle or if the child has needs that have to be tended to, such as breast-feeding.