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Cause and Effect

  • Date Submitted: 09/07/2016 03:44 PM
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Essay 3: Cause and Effect
“Despite significant reductions in the number of children killed in motor vehicle crashes over the past decade, crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older” (“Child Passenger Safety”). Child safety seats have been used and created as a preventative measure against the death and harm of many infants and children. Although casualties caused by car accidents have significantly reduced in the last couple of years because of the creation of the child safety seat, there has been other causes of harm and death because of the creation of this seat.
“In the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car” (Weingarten). These new laws regulating and placing safety seats in the back of the car, facing the rear, has led to parents forgetting that their children are there with them inside the car. Prior to the early 1990s, children were placed in the front seat where parents could see and watch their children, but as a result of these laws regulating child safety seats, children have passed out or died because of Hyperthermia.  
“A survey of parents leaving the hospital for the first time after having a baby shows that 95 percent made at least one error in car seat use… made one or more mistakes in positioning the baby (86 percent) and/or installing the seat properly (77 percent)” (Marcus). The misuse of the child safety seats can result in harm to children. Although most parents worry about having the seat correctly installed, using the seat outside of the recommendations of the manufacturer can cause injury to children in the event of a traffic incident. Both height, weight, and age limits are placed in the maker's instructions, so that parents are aware of changing their seats according to each child's growth.
“Increased societal concerns about child safety have heightened parental concerns,...

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