Posted: Sep 17, 2013 8:04 PM by Beth Saboe - KBZK News
For many drivers, a car seat is their most precious cargo. But national safety technicians say four out of five car seats are not installed properly.
With so many options, navigating the market for a child's car seat can be confusing. Safety advocates recommend some simple questions before traveling with little ones on board.
Among these are - checking to see whether the seat is in the right direction and in the right place, followed by figuring out if it is the right seat for your child and having the correct harnesses.
After a purchase, parents and caregivers can seek the help of a certified technician to make sure it's installed in the car correctly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a car seat inspection station locator on its website that can be helpful for those in need.
And even though hand-me-downs may save money, an outdated car seat may only put children at risk.
Safe Kids Worldwide President & CEO Kate Carr said, "The other thing that parents may not realize is that car seats expire. There's a certain lifetime to a car seat. So don't be afraid to check for an expiration date on your car seat and know that if it has been around for a while, it might very well be an expired car seat."
Expiration dates can be found on the seat itself. And after children are out of car seats and booster seats, parents can continue to keep them safe by setting a good example.
"Our kids will do what they see us do as parents. So parents, if you're not buckling up, it's going to be really hard to keep your child buckled up. So everybody, buckle up every ride, every time," Carr said.
A free child car seat inspection is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st. Technicians will check seats at Bozeman Ford on North 19th Avenue.