If you have a child you know that getting their car seats installed safely in your vehicle can be a bit of a pain in the butt. It’s super important that you get that car seat installed properly because it can be the difference between being safe and a tragedy. So how do you know if your child’s car seat is properly installed?
ASK THE EXPERTS
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a pretty scary statistic about car seats. They say that 3 out of 4 child car seats are not properly installed. That’s a heck of a lot of kids who ware not properly protected by their car seats. If your child’s car seat is too loosely installed, the harness straps aren’t in the correct slots, or the harness straps are too loose, your child is not completely protected.
OTHER PROBLEMS WITH INSTALLATION
Another couple of things you need to look out for are leaving harness straps too loose, not making sure the chest clip is placed correctly or using the wrong seat belt path. As a parent I know that sometimes loosening a strap to stop a kid from screaming is something I’ve done but it puts your kid at risk. Let the kid cry, you’ll be home safely in no time.
GET THAT SEAT CHECKED OUT
You can get your child’s car seat professionally checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician by scheduling a free car seat check with the El Paso Fire Department. They do the child car seat inspection every first and third Friday of every month. You can call 915-564-5362 for more information or click here for the online registration form.