According to a babycenter.com article, there are 11 common mistakes parents make with child car safety seats:
- Not using a safety seat consistently
- Using an old or secondhand seat
- Turning your child to face forward too soon
- Moving your child out of his car seat or booster too soon
- Not installing a safety seat correctly
- Not using a locking clip or using it incorrectly
- Not securing your child in the seat
- Not buckling a car seat into the car
- Holding your child on your lap
- Letting two kids share one seat belt
- Letting your child ride in the front seat
If you’re anything like me you’re appalled at the number of things on this list that seem like common sense, such as not buckling the car seat into the car, holding the child on one’s lap or not securing the child in the safety seat. But apparently more parents than should make at least a few of these mistakes at some point in their child’s life, and it could cost the child his or her life.
Click the link above to read about any of the items listed above you are concerned about, and if you’re interested in making sure you’ve installed your child’s safety seat correctly, find a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station near you. A professional will inspect your car seat and if anything needs to be altered, they will teach you how. Don’t take a chance. If you have any doubt at all that the seat has been installed correctly, find an inspection station and put your mind at ease. Your child is worth it.