Did you know that 8 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly? There are at least 2 errors on each seat. These seats that we use to protect our children must be installed properly to assure there effectiveness. They are 71% effective in reducing deaths for infants in passenger cars. 54% effective in reducing toddlers deaths. Also, they reduce the need for hospitalization in the event of a car crash by 61% (when installed correctly).
Is your child riding in the front seat of a vehicle or in a seat belt system to early? Many parents make the mistake of moving children directly from a child restraint system (car seat/booster) to seat belts to early. Has your car seat been recalled? Is it a hand-me-down? These are important questions to ask yourself as a parent or someone who transports children. Helpful websites for parents or people transporting children:
National Highway Traffic Safety Association
National Child Passenger Safety Board
Safe Ride News
Child Car Seat Safety FAQ's