New and seasoned genitori might think they know how to properly install a car seat, ma il Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie estimates that 46% of car and booster seats are being “misused” in ways that reduce these sicurezza devices’ effectiveness.
“The most common mistake [made during] car seat installation is not using the latch system and using a seat belt, which is less safe,” lei disse.
Latch systems are explicitly designed to hold car seats flush to vehicle seat cushions, which comes in handy if a short stop or collision does occur.
Some parents try to preserve their seat cushions or aid their car seat angling by adding a blanket or towel under the safety device, but experts say this method should be avoided.
“The car seat should never have anything underneath it other than the seat itself,” Fix said. “Putting a blanket or towel under the car seat which doesn’t allow the seat to function properly.”
Adding a buffer between a seat cushion and a car seat can not only fool the human eye into believing that the device has been tightened enough, but it can also loosen a latch over time or cause a malfunction – a of which can have devastating consequences in the event of a crash.
Using “expired” car seats is the third mistake parents often make. In anni recenti, car seat manufacturers have been assigning best by dates that range between six and eight years, secondo il National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While not every parent might be happy to hear the short lifespan car seats have, these guidelines are put in place as a means to inform consumers about its optimum use timeframe and get a handle on quality control.
“Using old car seats is dangerous,” Fix said. “Your precious cargo needs the latest safety features.”
She went on to note that car seat manufacturers regularly update belts, harnesses and steel reinforcements in addition to side impact protection.
“There are always improvements like in the auto industry,” Fix said.
To remedy the financial burden of car seat upgrades if your family is still in the growing stage, retailers and community groups host car seat trade-in events throughout the country.
If your car seat manufacture’s installation manual isn’t as helpful as you hoped, government programs and law enforcement agencies frequently arrange events where parents can connect with car seat technicians.
L'organizzazione senza scopo di lucro Safe Kids Worldwide offers car seat installation resources online, where parents can find walk-through guides or an in-person or virtual car seat installation class.