IFD using accident to stress seat belt safety

Three people OK after car crash thanks to seat belts. (IFD)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis firefighters are sharing just how important seat belt safety is after responding to a dangerous crash on the north side.

A husband and wife were driving near 79th and Meridian when their car crashed into another sending both flying into a nearby ditch.

Everyone was wearing a seat belt and no one was seriously injured.

Remember, it is Indiana law for everyone inside a car to be buckled up.

The rules are even more strict for younger children.

According to Indiana State Police and Indiana law, all children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat according to the child restraint system manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Children under the age of one-year and less than 20 lbs. MUST be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. Many newer seats will restrain a child rear-facing up to 30-35 lbs. Troopers encourage parents to keep their children rear-facing as long as possible.
  • Children that are at least one-year old and 20 lbs. may be restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat with an internal harness system.
  • Children at least 30 lbs. may use a booster seat, but troopers encourage parents to keep their children restrained in a forward-facing seat until at least 40 lbs.
  • Indiana law requires all children under the age of eight to use a child restraint system in accordance with the child restraint system manufacturer’s instruction, which are based upon the child’s height and weight. The child restraint system normally used by children in this age group is the booster seat.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be properly restrained either by using a seat belt or a child restraint system, to include a booster seat.

Indiana State Police also posted about the following safety tips:

  • Child safety seats must be properly secured to the vehicles seat belt or LATCH system and should not move side to side or forward more than one-inch.
  • Children should stay rear-facing until one-year of age and 20 lbs.
  • The retainer clip that connects the two shoulder harness straps must be kept at the child’s armpit level.
  • Harness straps must be kept snug.
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