Eighty percent of all child safety seats are installed improperly. That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That leads to the death of thousands of kids in accidents each year.
Here are the 3 biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to installing safety seats, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials:
1. The safety seat is not tightly secured to the vehicle seat. The seat should not move more than one or two inches when tugged.
2. The harness is too loose. You should not be able to pinch the harness fabric. If you can, it’s too loose.
3. Children face forward too soon. Children should not be forward-facing in their safety seat until 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds in size.
So if you want to make sure your child's seat is installed correctly, here's your chance:
The Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a Child Safety Seat Inspection Event.
That’s happening on Saturday, April 17th from 11a.m.- 2p.m. at the Briargate YMCA at 4025 Family Place.
Bring your child, your car and the safety seat. Certified car seat technicians will be there to make sure your child is being properly secured. They will also show you how to put that seat in correctly.