Almost every parent knows they are supposed to use a car seat.
Unfortunately, according to this New York Times article, almost every parent isn’t installing the car seat correctly, which greatly decreases it’s effectiveness. In fact, about 75 percent of parents aren’t installing them correctly.
“About three of every four car seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some communities that lack safety checks or education programs, the figure is even higher.
“Automobile crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 13 and younger, according to federal regulators. A large number of the fatalities involve children in car seats.”
The issue isn’t simple between differences in cars and differences in car seats, so naturally parents get confused. There are many community programs to help parents ensure car seats are installed properly, but most of checking falls on local fire and police departments.
Be sure your child’s car seat is installed properly; visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or even stop by your local fire or police department.