This week, September 19-25, is National Child Passenger Safety Week. It's the week to think about the safety of our kids while riding in cars – especially the safety of their car seats.
The Consumer Reports Safety Blog recently reported on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study regarding the effectiveness of child safety seats. While it is certain that child safety seats help protect kids in the event of a crash, the NHSTA report did not address how parents should go about selecting the right car seat for their kids. For complete information, check out the NHTSA’s 5-Star, Ease of Use Ratings of child car seats: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Ease-of-Use.
The NHTSA data shows that 75 percent of all car seats are improperly installed. The danger is that many parents do not consider the danger of improper installation or falsely believe that their seat is installed properly. A recent survey of more than 900 parents who use car seats shows that 91 percent were confident that their car seat(s) were properly installed.
This Saturday, September 24th, is National Seat Check Saturday. Use this locator to find a child safety seat inspection station nearest you. Certified technicians will inspect your child safety seat and show you how to correctly install and use it.
Disclosure: Much of the above information was provided by The First Years, the only brand to receive NHTSA’s 5-Star, highest-overall Ease of Use Rating in the infant, booster and convertible car seats categories. No other manufacturer has as many 5-Star overall Ease of Use Ratings. I received no compensation for this post.