Most Kids Are Not Safe In Car Seats

June 8, 2018

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A scary recent report found that of 3,000 kids in car seats, 59% were strapped in unsafely.  The study used surprised car seat inspections and found 36%  of the car seats were not fitted properly to the vehicle, and a further 33% were found unsuitable for the children they carried, either the seat was too big or small or the harness was being used incorrectly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper car seat use reduces the risk of death to infants under 1 when in a serious car accident by 71%. As for children between the ages of 1 and 4, if they are correctly strapped in a car seat that fits them during a collision their risk of death is decreased by 54%. Fortunately there are pretty specific car seat guidelines available through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that should help parents understand whether or not their child should be in a rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seats, or booster seats for older children. Take a look atht e guide HERE.

SOURCE: Romper

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