According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 child car seats are not properly installed. Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path.
Drivers should refer to their specific car seat manufacturer’s manual for instructions on how to install the safety seat. The vehicle owner’s manual also includes information on the proper placement of the car seat and proper use of the seat belt or LATCH system.
Get your car seat professionally checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) at a car seat check up event or a car seat inspection station.
Schedule a free car seat check with El Paso Fire Department, the Community Risk Reduction division will have free car seat checks every first and third Friday of every month. Also call 915-564-5362 for more information.