A recent study shows that as many as 93 percent of new parents make a big mistake when positioning or installing their newborn’s car seat on the way home from the hospital.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following positioning errors were found when it comes to new parents installing car seats for their infants:
- 69 percent of infants had harnesses that were too loose
- 34 percent of infants had latches that were too low
- 18 percent of infants had latches that were too high
- 20 percent of infants had a product that was not deemed compatible with their car seat
- 15 percent of parents did not know how to secure their child in the car seat.
- 43 percent of installation errors occurred when a car seat was unfastened.
- 26 percent of installation errors occurred when the car seat was at the wrong angle.
- 23 percent of installation errors included an unlocked safety belt.
- 17 percent of installation errors occurred when the infant car seat was too close to the front seat of the car.
The above mistakes could result in serious harm to an infant if a car accident occurs. As a new parent, it is very important to make sure that your child is properly secured before leaving the hospital parking lot. Many hospitals, police stations and fire departments in the local area host free car seat clinics. At these events, professionals will be on hand to check the installation of your child’s car seat, and make all the necessary adjustments. You can can also look for a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area that can help.
Your child is the most precious cargo in your vehicle, so take the time to ensure they are buckled in safely every time you get on the road, whether you are going across the street or taking a lengthy road trip.