Restraint systems save lives

Published 9:32 pm Thursday, April 21, 2011

Glenn Hunter Jr. died Monday. He was just 2-years-old and a month away from his third birthday.

His death was tragic and remains under investigation.

Alabama State Troopers are still looking into the wreck, which reportedly included Hunter somehow finding his way outside of the truck he was riding in and then trapped under the truck as it rolled over.

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His injuries were classified as critical at the time, but he later died at Children’s Hospital the following the morning.

While we mourn with the family and offer our heartfelt prayers to them in this time of tragedy, we have to wonder just how did this toddler fly out of the truck during the accident?

Again, the accident remains under investigation, but we felt this was an appropriate time to offer a reminder of Alabama’s laws regulating children restraints.

The size appropriate restraint system required for a child … shall include all of the following:

Infant only seats and convertible seats used in the fear facing position for infants until at least one year of age or 20 pounds.

Convertible seats in the forward position or forward facing seats until the child is at least five years of age or 40 pounds.

Booster seats until the child is 6 years of age.Seat belts until 15 years of age.”

It is so important to properly restraint our children, protecting them from possible injury that could be caused even in the smallest of fender benders. Young Hunter’s death was tragic and it is our hope and prayer that no family has to struggle with the heartbreak his are currently dealing with.