3 Car Seat Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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Amy Winkler was here to talk about common car seat mistakes and how to fix them. 
 
The best car seat fits your child, your vehicle, and you the parent can install it correctly every time.
 
Common mistakes with each stage:
  • Not using a car seat every time
  • Don’t add anything to the seat – the only thing that should be added to a car seat is a baby
  • Expired seats/second hand seats
 
Rear-facing
  • Graduating to forward-facing too soon. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay rear-facing until they max out the weight limit on their car seat, or at least until 2
  • Their legs are just fine; they fold up in a crash, and if they were to get injured, it’s easier to fix than a spinal injury
  • Not putting seat belt in lock mode
  • Loose harness
  • Using seat belt and LATCH together or using LATCH incorrectly
  • Not putting enough weight on the seat as it is being installed. Shouldn’t move more than 1” at the belt path
  • Routing seat belt incorrectly – typically a problem with convertible car seats
  • Incorrect positioning of shoulder straps
Forward-facing
  • Graduating to booster too soon. The AAP also recommends children stay in a harness car seat until they max out the height or weight limits of their seat. The 5pt harness provides much more protection than a 3pt seat belt.
  • Not putting seat belt in lock mode
  • Loose harness
  • Using seat belt and LATCH together or using LATCH incorrectly or not using the tether at all
  • Not putting enough weight on the seat as it is being installed. Shouldn’t move more than 1” at the belt path
  • Not following labels correctly
  • Some car seats say they can be used up to 100lbs, but that’s only in booster mode; the harness may only be rated to 40-50lbs
  • Many car seats have a weight limit for LATCH use
  •  Routing seat belt incorrectly – typically a problem with convertible car seats
  •  Incorrect positioning of shoulder straps
Booster
Graduating out of booster too soon
  • Use 5 step test to determine when child is ready
  •  4’9” is the height for most kids where the seat belt fits just right.
Seat belt
 Wearing seat belt incorrectly – under arm or behind back
  •  Front seat too soon – Stay in back until 13
Adult seat belt use
  •  Parents not buckling up – be sure to wear seat belts so you don’t become a projectile AND to be a good example to your children
  •  Pregnant women need to buckle up!
  •  Keep projectiles in trunk
 
www.clickitutah.org has a list of locations where you can have car seats checked and also has more tips and how-to videos.. There are also events held all over the state where you can just drive up and have your seat checked. There is one coming up on June 2 from 4:00-6:00 pm.
 
Plan on stopping by the South Jordan Fire Department Station #61, 10758 S. Redwood Road to have the Police Department check for proper installation, expiration and recalls on your seat. 
 
Keep up to date and keep your kids safe and visit the website http://www.sjc.utah.gov/recreation/summerfest.asp for more information.

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