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Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you know that 3 out of 4 child safety seats are installed incorrectly? This means that you are increasing your child’s chances of getting seriously hurt even in a minor traffic accident. When Shaun was born we took the infant base to a local Car Seat Inspection Center to make sure it was done properly and also to watch how to do it properly. Since then we have been diligent about getting our kids top-rated seats as well as installing them correctly.

LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) was developed to make installing child safety seats easier but using the vehicle’s seat belt system is equally safe. The most important thing is to be sure no matter what method you use make sure it is used correctly.

How much do you know about installing your child’s safety seat? Take this quiz.

Do you still need help or do you still have questions? Contact a local installation center or view this quick video for answers on commonly asked questions about car sear safety.


  1. Night Owl Mama says

    I have a 2003 vechicle I looked for that teether latch and didn't find it. I think I may have to look again.WOW I didn't know that is what the meatel latch thingy was for THank you for the video.

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  2. I wish each local community would advertise that anyone can take the infant seat to ____________ and be taught to install it correctly.

  3. Thanks for this great reminder to keep our children safe! Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children over 1 year.

    Just a friendly additional plea to keep babies rear facing in a car seat as long as possible — it's absolutely the safest way to ride in the car and it doesn't endanger their legs. Rear face until the weight or height limits of your seat, generally 35 lbs for good convertible seats sold in the U.S. Very short video showing the difference between rear- and forward-facing in a crash:

    Also, LATCH is great if you have it, but there is a weight limit of ~40 lbs, so be aware of when you need to switch to the adult seat belts to hold a forward-facing child seat or booster in place.

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