Nearly Half of Kids Aren’t Buckled In Correctly – Here’s The Fix

Nearly Half of Kids Aren’t Buckled In Correctly – Here’s The Fix – This week, we celebrate National Child Passenger Safety week by sharing information about free car seat checks at the Tuscarawas County Health Department! Find out how to make your appointment right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18th-24th), and here at Newsymom, we’re reminding you to correctly install your child’s car or booster seat! Our friends at the Tuscarawas County Health Department offer free car and booster seat checks from nationally certified car seat technicians. There’s no excuse for improper car seat installation. You can make an appointment for your free car or booster seat check by calling (330) 343-5555 x. 153 or 111.

Common Mistakes of Car-Seat Installation

In 2019, an infant (still strapped in the car seat) was ejected from an SUV rollover in Turlock, California. Since the seat wasn’t installed properly, the whole thing was flung from a broken window. Miraculously, the baby survived the accident, despite the vehicle rolling over multiple times near an exit off the highway. However, this incident goes to show even parents make mistakes when it comes to installing their car seat!

Here are the top mistakes parents make when they install a car seat:

Mistake #1: The car seat moves more than an inch in any direction.
INSTALLATION DON’T: You shouldn’t be able to move the car seat more than an inch.
INSTALLATION DO: Do make sure the car seat is snug and secure, moving less than an inch in any direction.
Mistake #2: The recline angle is incorrect.
INSTALLATION DON’T: Don’t install an improper reclining seat.
INSTALLATION DO: Do make sure the recline is in the Green Zone!
Mistake #3: Using the incorrect belt path (depending on the seat orientation).
INSTALLATION DON’T: Don’t use the front-facing belt path for rear installation, and vice versa.
INSTALLATION DO: Do make sure that the correct belt path is used for the orientation you’re installing.
Mistake #4: Not using the top-tether for forward-facing seat orientation.
INSTALLATION DON’T: Don’t forget to use the top-tether belt to securely fasten your child’s forward-facing car seat!
INSTALLATION DO: Do use the top-tether belt, securing it tightly so your child’s car seat stays put!

There are tons of resources at your disposal to ensure your littles are safe. Check out the resource links below, or contact the Tuscarawas County Health Department by calling (330) 343-5555 x. 153 or 111 to speak with them about car seat checks!

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The Tuscarawas County Health Department wants to make sure your littles are the safest they can be as a passenger! Get your free car seat check and more done at the Tuscarawas County Health Department by calling (330) 343-5555 or visiting https://www.tchdnow.org/.

Keep following on Facebook (@tchdnow) for the latest news and safety tips to keep your littles healthy this year!

Melissa Klatt

Reporting

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