I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a nut for car seat safety. If I’m being honest, I’m a bit of a nut for child safety in general. I have been guilty of being a helicopter mom and I’m working on that, but when it comes to car seat safety, I wear the badge proudly.
Since car crashes are the number one killer of children ages 1-13, it’s a no brainer to be fanatical about keeping them safe in vehicles. How to go about that however is more difficult than most of us know. Literally. According to research done by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3 out of 4 children are not as secure in their car as they should be because they are in the wrong car seat or their car seats are not being used correctly! Think about that for a second. How important are your children to you? How devastated would you be if something happened to them in a car crash and you had not taken every precaution possible? All of a sudden, finding 30 minutes to have your car seats checked seems a whole lot easier.
Before my oldest was born I visited a car seat safety inspection site and had them install our new seat. I studied what the techs did and I imitated their actions. I learned to use the LATCH system and I felt really proud of my new knowledge of how to get a car seat so tight that it wouldn’t budge. I learned about the proper positioning of straps (especially important now that children sit rear-facing longer), where to put the clasp, and how snug to make the harness. I felt like a bit of a know-it-all.
“…3 out of 4 children are not as secure in their car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly”
How important are your children to you? How devastated would you be if something happened to them in a car crash and you had not taken every precaution possible?
Needless to say, I’m glad I took the time to have a pro check my “work” and now I’m confident that my children are as safe as I can make them should we be in a traffic accident. Next week is Child Passenger Safety Week and it’s a great time to schedule your visit with a certified car safety technician. In addition to Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Pediatric Associates, you can also make an appointment for a FREE car seat check during The Baby and Kid Expo (register at ChattyClaire.com) at the Westin on Sept. 21st.
Car Seat Safety Resources
- Check this website to see if your car seat has had any recalls.
- Great info on Child Passenger Safety and some truly great installation videos.
- The Car Seat Lady has all kinds of great information and it’s relayed in easy to understand graphics and text.