According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly. An incorrectly used or installed car seat can put a child in danger in the event of a car accident. Your first step to car seat safety is to find the right car seat.
Choosing a car seat for your child is not always easy. After you find one that is appropriate for your child’s age and size, you need to make sure that your car seat is compatible with your vehicle. The car seat manufacturer’s instructions should include this information.
Next, you need to make sure it is installed in your car correctly. Rear-facing, forward-facing and booster car seats all have different installation instructions depending on the seat size and type. This can be difficult to figure out, so your best bet is to have your car seat inspected by a certified technician, usually for free.
To find the nearest car seat inspection station near you, go to www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm.