A recent study has revealed that child car seats and vehicle seats don’t align properly more than 40 percent of the time, meaning many child seats aren’t optimized for safety.
A team of researchers from The Ohio State University College of Medicine analyzed child car seats’ fit and position in vehicles, collecting dimension samples from 61 vehicles and 59 child cars seats currently available on the market. The study was conducted in an effort to improve safety by identifying the most common sources of incompatibility.
The results of the study will be published in their entirety next month in the journal Traffic Injury Protection and it will show that fewer than 60 percent of rear-facing child car seat-vehicle combinations fit properly between the vehicle’s seat pan angle and the child car seat manufacturer’s required base angle.
The lead author of the study, Julie Bing, emphasized that all car seats are safe and have passed federal regulations, but aren’t fully optimized for safety unless it fits properly in the vehicle. Bing recommends that parents take “measurements of their car in order to make the most informed decision when choosing the safest car seat option for their child.”