To kick off Child Passenger Safety Week, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has teamed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids to address common mistakes parents make when using car seats and booster seats.
According to a survey conducted by NHTSA, parents are making five significant mistakes when it comes to their car seats, while one in every five parents do not read any instructions when installing the seats. NHTSA has decided to release a list of those five significant mistakes, hoping to inform parents what to look for when installing their child’s car seat.
The five most commonly found mistakes, as published by NHTSA are: wrong harness slot used, harness chest clip positioned improperly or not used at all, loose car seat installation, loose harness, and wrong seat belt placement. According to those surveyed, 90-percent of them felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ that their car seats or booster seats were installed correctly.
In addition, a check list was released for parents to take a few minutes out of their day to ensure the safety of their child occupant. The check list includes: right seat, right place, right direction, an inch test, and a pinch test. A properly installed car seat should not move an inch when shook, while the pinch test checks to ensure that the harness is tightly buckled.
Child Passenger Safety Week began September 16th and runs until September 22nd, which is National Seat Check Saturday. It’s a good reminder that 15 minutes of your time could ensure the safety of your child.
“The key to keeping kids safe is to make sure your child is in the right seat for their age and size – and to make sure that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many resources available to ensure you’ve done everything to properly protect your child.”