Every parent wants to ensure their child is safely secured when traveling in a car, but a recent study by The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates only 15 percent of car seats are installed correctly.
Child Passenger Safety Week continues through Saturday, Sept. 21, and Scottsdale Fire Department is offering tips for parents on proper child car-seat installation:
Parents should test the store‘s floor sample of car seats in their vehicle before purchasing one. Some car seat models simply do not fit in certain cars. They should also understand where the vehicle manufacturer has approved car seats to be placed.
When installing the seat, less than an inch of movement from side-to-side should be maintained. The harness strap should be snug, and the harness clip at armpit level.
Although Arizona law requires children under 8 to remain in a booster seat, a child’s height is a better reference than their age. A minimum height of 4 feet, 9 inches is ideal for fitting in a regular seatbelt.