(KUTV) Did you know many parents still don't install car seats correctly?
“At least 70-80% of car seats have some misuse when they come in for an inspection,” Janet Brooks, the child advocacy manager at Primary Children’s Medical Center says.
They make look simple, but car seats can be challenging to properly install.
“There are so many things to consider: where do we place the car seat? Do we use the seatbelt or do we use the lower latch system? Do we tether the car seat? Where do the harness slots go?” Brooks explains. She says the most common mistakes she sees are parents not using the seat belt system or anchor system properly. She adds, “The second biggest error is the harness use and that can include using the incorrect car seat at the right stage of life for your child.”
Newborns and small children up to about the age of two should be in a rear facing car seat. As the child grows, they can then graduate to a front facing car seat. When your child reaches about age 4, they can then sit in a booster seat. Brooks says until the child is at least 4’9” tall, a lap and shoulder belt should be used over the booster seat. She says never use a lap belt only.
If you have questions, there are places you can go to get your car seat inspected—free of charge. For a list of Utah car seat inspection stations, click here: http://www.safekidsutah.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/InspectionStation-1-131.pdf
For more information, visit http://www.babyyourbaby.org/
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