I was watching a report on a local news station last week on car seats and the stats shocked me. Not surprising but really, really scary! According to Safety Squad Blog, “An estimated 83.9 percent of child car seats are not installed correctly, potentially exposing children to serious risk.”
“The scary part about that is when parents are polled, 96 percent of parents think their car seat is in correctly,” according to Steve Breden, a certified child passenger safety technician.”
That is a whopping number of folks and wanna know the truth? I’m always scared ours isn’t in right. But what’s a Mum to do? When we first got our car seat I’d heard you could get them installed for free at police stations so we tried to take it to ours and were told only certain ones did it and the nearest one was miles away. A dear veteran Mummy friend (with 4 kiddos) made sure it was safely in instead and I was confidant but then we got a new one and now I spend a good 10 minutes each time making sure it doesn’t shift.
I’m a Mum and as Mums we want our kids safe. Period. We’re not like our parents who were allowed to put their children in the back seat of a car with no belts or anything and nor do we want to be. I want him as nestled in the back as if Tim or I were holding him tight in our arms.
I love the seats that they’re in as babies because you clip it in once and are done but as they grow older you change them and then once you put it in someone else’s car you have to go through the nervous, “is it in right babe?” talk to Hubs.
So, not only are they hard to install but 96% of people believe they’re in wrong. Yikes! What are we gonna do? I believe ALL police stations need to be trained. Maybe not the officers but the volunteers who fingerprint could do the installing. I now know ours is in right but just the confidence of someone telling me would be nice to a panicky Mummy.
What do you think? Is yours in right? How could it be easier?
Evenflo has just released the Momentum 65 DLX Convertible Car Seat, with features that help make safety, installation and use as easy as possible for parents. Evenflo and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and talk about what child safety means to me and my family.