There are many mistakes that can be made when it comes to car seats. Knowing the mistakes can save the life of your child.
The CDC reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children in the United States. Most of those deaths can be prevented by proper car seat usage for the size and weight of the child.
In the United States during 2009, 1,314 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 179,000 were injured. More than two thirds of those killed, were killed by drunk drivers.
One study found that 72% of nearly 3,500 observed car and booster seats were misused in a way that could be expected to increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash.
The best way to prevent injury during a crash is to use a car seat properly. Refer to the owner's manual of your car seat and if you are still unsure stop by your local police station, fire station, or hospital for help with your car seat.
Here is a list of common mistakes that are made by parents: