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Convertible Seat Alert: Kids Under 1 Years Old

Attorney Lars Anderson, Personal Injury Lawyer at HKQ Wilkes Barre PAFrom the moment parents leave the hospital with their precious newborn, they will need a properly installed infant car seat to safely transport their little one home.

As the child grows, parents will need to make sure the car seat “grows” with him. The next step up from an infant carrier would be a convertible car seat, and then eventually a booster seat would be used until the child is roughly 8 years old. The timing of these transitions is what tends to get a bit tricky, as a child’s weight, height, age and the individual car seat guidelines all have to be taken into account.

According to new findings by Consumer Reports, parents should actually be switching their children out of infant car seats and into convertible car seats sooner rather than later. Results from a series of crash tests have shown that little ones should be transitioned from a rear-facing infant seat to a rear-facing convertible seat by no later than their first birthdays — even if they haven’t yet outgrown their infant seat.

These recommendations come from crash tests comparing both infant and convertible seats using 22-pound dummies that represent a 1-year-old child. TheConsumer Reports testing simulated a frontal crash with the car traveling at 35 miles per hour. In more than half (16 of 30) of the infant seats tested, the dummies’ heads hit the simulated front seat back. By contrast, this only happened once during testing of the convertible seats.

In reality, many children will have outgrown their infant seats based on the product specifications alone before age 1 anyway. The thing is, kids tend to outgrow seats by length before they outgrow them by weight. A good rule of thumb to follow, according to Consumer Reports, is a child should be moved to a convertible seat if his head is 1 inch or less from the top of the carrier’s shell.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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