Research shows three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.
AAA Nevada launched online car seat inspections as parents and caregivers continued to seek safety advice when stay-at-home orders were enacted.
As Child Passenger Safety Week begins, AAA Nevada is also sharing six common child safety seat mistakes in hopes of helping parents and caregivers avoid them:
– Seats aren’t secured tightly enough. Children’s car seats should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than one inch when tested at the belt path.
– Harness straps are too loose. Harness straps should lay flat and be snug enough that you cannot pinch extra harness material at a child’s shoulder.
– Shoulder straps of harness not positioned properly. In rear-facing seats, shoulder straps should lie flat and be placed through the slot that is at or just below a child’s shoulders. In forward-facing seats, shoulder straps should lie flat and be placed through the slot that is at or just above a child’s shoulders.
– Retainer clip (or chest clip) is too low. Always place the retainer clip at armpit level.If the clip is too low, a child can come out of the harness or the clip can cause abdominal injuries.
– Turning children forward facing too soon. Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
-Moving children out of booster seats too soon. Keep children in a belt-positioning booster seat until a vehicle’s adult seat belt fits properly. Seat belts are designed to fit adults, not growing children.
For more information or to schedule a free, virtual car seat inspection, visit AAA.com/carseats.
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