73% of Car Seats Still Used Incorrectly

According to new data released by Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation, there are five critical but common mistakes parents and caretakers make when restraining their children in the car. Technology has come a long way in the last few years, and vehicle and child restraint safety has been no exception. Take a 15 minute look at your child’s car seat using the following checklist and see if there may be a way to help keep your child safer in case of a vehicle accident:

  • Check the label and manual for your car seat and ensure that it is appropriate for your child’s height and weight.
  • Keep all children fastened in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  • In most states, the law requires children remain rear facing until 1 year and 20 pounds. However, it is highly recommended you keep your child rear facing until at least age 2. Be sure to attach the top tether after tightening and lock the seat belt or lower anchors. Most children don’t usually fit into a seat belt properly until ages 8-12—keep them in a booster seat until then.
  • Refer to your manual again and ensure that the shoulder harness is adjusted to the proper position. The clip should be placed at the armpits and if you pinch the strap at the child’s shoulder and don’t get any excess webbing, it is ready for safer travels.

Why is all of this so important? According to Shannon Stokesberry, co-coordinator of the Linn County Safe Kids Coalition, “Correctly used safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 PERCENT.”  71 percent is significant, considering motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.

Are you looking for some extra reassurance that you have your child safely restrained in your vehicle? Give the Cedar Rapids or area police station a call for help making arrangements for an inspection. Otherwise, call me – and I can help you find the perfect home for you in the Cedar Rapids area!