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Summer Camp Shuttles/Vans Endanger Kids with Inadequate Car Seats

Summer camps and other establishments are wildly popular across the country. Parents are always pleased to hear that they offer a free shuttle service to take their little ones to and from the campgrounds, allowing them to stay home or at work. However, parents would be far less happy if they knew just how dangerous campground shuttle vans are for little ones.

Shuttle vans are not school buses. They do not have built-in protections and unique features that help minimize harm experienced by riders in a crash. Most shuttle vans are equipped with seatbelts sized for an adult with no regard to booster seats or car seats needed for children. Yet, the lack of appropriate child-rated safety equipment inside shuttle vans is not stopping summer camps and other similar programs form using them for mass child transportation.

According to groups like Car Seats for Littles (CSL) and even the California Highway Patrol (CHP), it is not uncommon for campgrounds to buy a used van and turn it into a shuttle for children. Parents tend to hold a misconception that car seats are only for toddlers, not children aged between 5 and 15. Seeing a van with seatbelts does enough to quell their concerns, but it does not do anything to prevent serious injuries or fatalities in the event of a shuttle van crash.

Even though there are laws in place to prevent children from being shuttled without appropriate safety gear, enforcement is few and far between due to the difficulty of catching a shuttle in the act. In the meantime, it is up to every individual parent to make certain their children are only shuttled under safe conditions. If you’re about to put your child on a van to go to day camp, please double-check for necessary booster seats and other child-sized restraints. If none are present, then you should not place your child in the vehicle and contact the program’s director to voice your concerns.

(You can continue your reading about car seat dangers in camp shuttle vans by clicking hereand viewing a full piece from The Washington Post.)

Local, Trusted Attorneys Standing Up for Your Children

Was your child injured in a shuttle van crash? Had they not been provided a booster seat by the company shuttling them? Anderson Boutwell Traylor in Louisiana can help you seek justice for your child. By filing a lawsuit against the liable parties, we hope to give you and your child peace of mind and compensation, and to also hopefully prevent this from happening to other children, too. Holding companies accountable for their mistakes is often the only way to get them to make changes, especially when it comes to improved safety measures.

Call us at (985) 796-2245 or contact us onlinefor more information about our legal services and your rights after your child is hurt due to someone else’s negligence.