Car Seat Safety
An Article Written by Janice

Did you know that 95% of car seats are not used properly? Now that I have your attention, what are we as parents and providers going to do about it? My research has shown that most car seats are improperly installed. In addition, we are taking our children out of car seats too early and are using the wrong type of car seat.

Iíve included a few of the web sites that I used for my research. I urge you to take a moment to visit them. Our childrenís safety is a stake! We need to be educated on the proper use and installation of car seats so we can protect our children from unnecessary harm.

Please call your local fire or police department and request a free inspection. Many police and fire departments are hosting free clinics. My son who is the Fire Chief of our local volunteer fire department held a free inspection clinic last month. At this particular clinic, there were only a few who were using their car seats properly. In light of all this, all I can do is beg each of you to take a moment to have your car seats inspected to see if they are installed correctly. During our local inspection clinic, it took three police officers over an hour to get my grandsonís seat base installed properly. I encourage you to contact your local safety departments for more information. Itís nothing to be ashamed of; itís for your childís safety.

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