Step forward if you think your child’s car seat is installed correctly.
Not so fast hot stuff!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 75 percent of parents are installing the seats incorrectly.
This week, Sept. 19 to 25, is National Child Passenger Safety Week, an annual NHTSA-driven initiative to “bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats or seat belts – every trip, every time.”
Michael said he’s not surprised at all that 75 percent of families have incorrectly installed seats. He said he would have half-a@@@ it for the last nine years if he didn’t know that I was going to come up behind him pulling and tugging and making sure the seat had no give.
I have gotten very good at installing my kids’ seats in my minivan but it is harder with seats you don’t know and a car you don’t know. My mechanical engineer father had installed a seat in my mother’s car this summer that was just really wrong. It was sliding inches back and forth horizontally and was propped up on towels because it didn’t mesh well with the profile of her backseat.
We switched to a different car seat and it fit much better. But I worked really hard to get that seat in tightly.
There is actually a web site to help parents find seats that are easy to install. This government site offers a matrix rating seat evaluating labels, instructions, installation feature and overall ease of use.
I never knew there was a site that rated ease of use before — that seems actually useful.
This weekend is National Seat Check Saturday and you can find places to double check that your seat is installed correctly on this site.
Do you think your seats are installed correctly? Who is better at installing the seats — you or your husband? Do you think the LATCH system actually makes it easier to install a seat? (I can’t get ours tight enough with the Latch system. I feel like I can get it tighter with the seat belt.) Do you think people rely too much on the overhead anchor to keep the seat from flying out and don’t try as hard to make it tight because they know it is there? Will you have you seat double checked this weekend?