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Is your car seat installed correctly?

Posted June 28, 2011

There was a horrible accident on Lake Wheeler Road today where a 10-month-old was killed when her mother's SUV overturned, pinning the child underneath.

According to the state Highway Patrol, the child was in a car seat that wasn't secured tightly in the back seat and the straps holding her in place were too loose. Read more about the accident in this WRAL story.

The Highway Patrol recommended parents get their car seats check to ensure they are installed properly. I just thought I'd share this link which includes a database of places across the state where you can get your car seats checked. Click here for more information.

Also, a reminder: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued new guidelines for car seats in March. Read an earlier post for more about that.


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  • shall6 Jun 29, 2011

    Hey rightthere, I'll forward your request on to them. Sarah

  • righthere1234 Jun 29, 2011

    Sarah, is there any way WRAL could so a spot about proper car seat safety on the evening news? It is so important and something that is never out of date.

  • righthere1234 Jun 29, 2011

    It's so sad that many parents do not see the value in learning about proper carseat safety. Twice in the last year, I have seen infant carriers installed in a car as forward facing! It says right on the carrier that they cannot be installed forward facing!! Not to mention, that no infant should be forward facing prior to 1 year and 20 pounds, although I plan to rear face my daughter until she is 2 AND 30 pounds at least. My 4.5 year old son is still in a 5 point harness and will stay that way for quite some time. I'm not taking any chances with the safety of my children considering car accidents are the #1 killer of children.

  • MomOfTwins Jun 29, 2011

    It's not just the car seat improperly installed- with a 5 point harness, the chest strap is just that- a CHEST strap. It should be buckled tightly (only two fingers should fit underneath) at the armpit level. Too many people have it at the waist level and too loose- if it's at the waist level it's not going to prevent the child from flying out of the top of their carseat!

  • pinkletoes Jun 29, 2011

    This website is a FANTASTIC resource for parents or anybody that drives a child.

    - One fact of which many parents seem not to be aware is that the majority of vehicles have a LATCH system only rated to be used for a child UP TO 40 lbs. In most vehicles, once the child hits 40 lbs. the seat should be installed using the seat belt instead of the LATCH system.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the mother of the baby killed yesterday. There is no greater loss than that of a child.

  • kech01 Jun 29, 2011

    Parents see car seats as trouble. They dont understand that they are there for a reason. 9 out of 10 car seats are installed and used wrong. Changing a parent's view on this is hard. They truly believe nothing will happen to them. Laws are bare minimum. Dont our kids deserve better? I have an 8 year old, who is still in a high back booster, depsite the fact that by NC law, he doesnt have to be. He will stay in it until he passes the 5 step booster test. My 5 year, who was rear facing until she was 4 years7 months old, is still harnessed in her 5pt harness car seat. Im very passionate about car seat safety, as car accidents are the number ONE killer of kids in our country. I dont understand how any parent can NOT be. We put our kids in heavy moving death machines daily and why they dont bother to properly use the car seat is a mystery.

  • kittiboo Jun 28, 2011

    Improperly installed car seats make me CRAZY! I would love to get certified as a car seat safety tech, but haven't been able to get enrolled in the course. I do carpool at the school where I work, and I see more kids in seats that aren't even strapped to the car (not boosters, but actual infant or toddler seats)!! Or the kids that have never even heard of a seatbelt. Makes. Me. Crazy.