While most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly.
Why are so many car seats installed incorrectly?
Common Car Seat Installation Errors
The car’s seats straps are twisted. The recline angle of the car seat is not correct. The car seat’s harness is too loose. Lower anchors are attached too loosely or are used improperly, such as in the middle seat of the vehicle.
What are the five most common car seat mistakes?
Here are some of the most common mistakes caregivers make when installing car seats.
- Not matching the seat to the child’s weight or age. …
- Not installing it tightly enough. …
- Prematurely turning the seat to the forward-facing position. …
- Incorrectly using the safety-seat straps. …
- Not reading all the instructions.
What are two common mistakes with carseat installation?
Avoiding Common Car Seat Installation Mistakes
- Tightness of the installation. A properly installed child safety seat should not be able to move more than 1 inch in any direction (side to side or outward). …
- Position of the shoulder straps. …
- Pinch test. …
- Check the belt path. …
- Use the top tether.
How do people install car seats wrong?
Based on recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the researchers found these mistakes: 86 percent of families positioned the newborn incorrectly in the seat. 77 percent incorrectly installed the seat. More than a third positioned the harness retainer clip too low.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
Should Isofix Base be flat on seat?
If you have an Isofix car seat, you will have either a support leg, a top tether or both. With the support leg, you must ensure it sits firmly on the floor, isn’t lifting the seat up and isn’t resting on underfloor storage, as this could make it less effective in a crash.
Do baby seats need to be professionally fitted?
It is recommended that baby and child seat restraints are professionally fitted by an authorised fitting station. Babies that outgrow their capsules (usually around six months) can be transferred to a seat for children aged six months – four years.
What is the most dangerous seat in a car?
The backseat is safer than the front seat. The middle seat is 25 percent safer than the back seat.
Where is the safest spot to put a car seat?
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.