Sunday, September 19, 2010

Is Your Car Seat Easy to Use?

A car seat's safety is highly dependent upon its proper installation. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Then why does data shows that 75 percent of all car seats are improperly installed?

Obviously, we all want to protect our children at all times, especially when they are in the car. But how do you find out what car seat is right for you?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a 5-Star, Ease of Use Rating system for child car seats and it is easily accessible online.

Yep, that's right. If you, or someone you know, is the market for a car seat or already owns one, you can click here to check out how your car seat rates when it comes to ease of use.

Here are some other interesting facts for you to consider:
NHTSA’s latest analysis show that 85 percent of children under one year old who were involved in a motor vehicle crash were safely strapped into child safety seats. Older kids, not so much: only 24 percent of kids ages 4 to 7 were in child car seats. Nearly half of that age group was wearing vehicle seat belts, but those are not designed to protect young bodies in a vehicle crash. Since motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S., it’s important that all parents secure their young children in an appropriate child safety seat.

In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25), just take a few moments to see how your car seat stacks up against the rest. And double check with the installation instructions to make sure your car seat is installed correctly.

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