With multiple manufactures and five different types of children’s car seats available, properly installing these important safety devices can be a challenge. In fact a survey done by the GM Foundation and Safe Kids USA indicates the problem is significant. The survey indicates that 73% of child safety seats are not being installed properly. Here are five common mistakes parents make when installing their child’s car seat.
1. Not selecting the right car seat.
Child seats have a label on them that lets you know it is age, height and weight appropriate. Be sure to check it.
2. Not putting it in the back seat.
Children should ride in the rear seat until the age of 13.
3. Having them facing forward too soon.
Children should be in a car seat that faces the rear until about 2 years old. When they move into a forward facing seat, double check to insure the top tether is attached after you lock the seat belt.
4. Not testing the seat
When your child’s car seat is installed, try to move it. If you can move it more than about an inch in any direction it is too loose.
5. Not checking the harness
Check that the harness is buckled firmly and the proper slots are being used. With the chest clip of the harness at about the child’s armpit, try to pinch the harness at the shoulder. If it can’t be pinched it is properly secure.
For dads, the child’s car seat manual is one manual that is a must read. Agers Insurance Services has offices in the Oakley, California area and we will be happy to provide you with a free auto insurance quote. Contact us today!