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Recreational vehicle safety takes an effort

Riding in a vehicle with a young child means that you have to use a child safety seat. When parents are taking their child on a trip in a recreational vehicle, they might have a false sense of security because the vehicle is large. The misconception regarding safety can sometimes prove to be fatal. There are several reasons why parents should think twice about child safety in an RV and several ways to try to improve safety.

Parents should know that many RVs don't have to meet the same standards as smaller personal vehicles. For example, many RVs don't have to meet the seat belt standards that ensure people in passenger vehicles remain safe. The lap belts in the rear of RVs are often bolted to the steel frame of the vehicle, which is great. The base of the seats, however, are usually made of wood and might collapse if an accident occurs. A situation like this could render the seat belts useless.

Another issue with RVs is that many objects within the rear of the vehicle can become projectiles if an accident occurs. Even if the child remains in their seat and the seat doesn't collapse, they could still be struck by items that go flying.

Making sure that children remain seated when the RV is in motion, using child safety seats for children who would use them in passenger vehicles, and properly securing items in the RV can all help to increase the safety of these vehicles.

If you are involved in an RV crash and your children are injured, you might opt to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Other parties might also be held liable in your claim, depending on the circumstances.

Source: Pro Car Seat Safety, "Recreational Vehicles (RV) & Child Passengers," accessed Nov. 07, 2016

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