With New Recommendations, Leopold – Kuvin, P.A. Urges Parents and Caregivers to Boost their Children's Safety in Vehicles

 

Safe Kids, Inc.               Leoopold~Kuvin, P.A.

Earlier this summer, the FJA Women’s Caucus voted to partner with Safe Kids, an organization with statewide chapters that work with local coalitions to bring education and solutions to important issues which often lead to accidental deaths in children. Through this partnership, the caucus hopes to promote key child safety issues and make a measurable difference that educates consumers and brings awareness to specific causes. This campaign is created with precise objectives designed to advance local causes in your community and bridge the gap between our legal role as attorneys and the direct impact our practice has on every consumer in our communities.

    

Leslie Mitchell Kroeger measures a child for a new booster seat!

Women’s Caucus Chair and FJA Executive Committee Member Leslie Mitchell Kroeger and her firm followed up on this partnership with action. On Saturday September 17, 2011, the consumer justice law firm Leopold~Kuvin, P.A. partnered with Safe Kids Palm Beach County to kick off National Child Passenger Safety week. The firm hosted a Booster Seat Drive in Indiantown where over 80 booster and car seats were donated and free car seat inspections were provided to parents and caregivers from the community. Leopold~Kuvin extends a special thank you to the certified English and Spanish speaking technicians from Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Tax Collector's Office, Indiantown Non-Profit Center and Florida Highway Patrol who volunteered their time to educate and protect the children of Indiantown.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new recommendations that children need to ride in a booster seat until at least 4'9' , 8 -10 years old, or approximately 80-100 pounds. A child's body is often not developed to withstand the force of a seatbelt, and most vehicle manuals indicate that the back seat of a vehicle is not designed to provide protection to a child in the event of a crash. The "forgotten child" is a term given to these types of cases where children are catastrophically injured or killed because the seatbelt fails to protect them. Even though children are expected to ride in the backseat of vehicles, the seat belts were not designed to properly restrain or protect them in foreseeable collisions.

Car Seats Assembled and

Ready for Distribution!

Leopold~Kuvin, P.A. has partnered with SafeKids and The Florida Justice Association to lobby for legislation that requires children to remain in a booster until age 7. Forty-seven (47) states and the District of Columbia require booster seats or other appropriate devices for children who have outgrown their child safety seats but are still too small to use an adult seat belt safely. The only states lacking booster seat laws are Arizona, Florida and South Dakota. For several years, consumer groups in Florida have worked tirelessly to remedy this and update the standards of safety to comply with NTHSA recommendations.

Unfortunately the legislature has failed to pass a bill. This year once again, bills have been filed in hopes of addressing the critical need for stricter child passenger safety laws.  FJA and Leopold~Kuvin will work hard to keep our children safe by helping to pass these stricter child passenger safety laws.