9 Out of 10 parents install car seats incorrectly

September 20, 2011 6:47:37 PM PDT
Child safety seats can make all the difference in a car accident, but only if they're used properly and that's rare; as many as nine out of 10 of us install them incorrectly.

State traffic safety officials say it's a common mistake that can lead to serious injury, even death for a baby or toddler. Those who use child safety seats are being urged to have them checked out by a licensed technician. Free inspections are available throughout the state. These are the more common mistakes parents make.

"They may have a seat that's too big or too small for their child. So that's one? the selection. The other one can be their actual harnesses. The way they have them on are wrong, either they're too loose or they're in the wrong position. The third major one is that they don't have their seat properly installed. It should only move one inch from side to side or in the front of the car," said Sonja Atkins, a car seat technician.

Free car seat inspections are available.

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