A stunned driver with a dash cam saw a car seat, with a toddler strapped inside, fall out of the moving vehicle in front of him. The driver stopped right away, got out of his car, and flailed his arms in the road to make sure no one would hit the child. The video was posted on social media and viewed thousands of times.
According to Heather Watson, a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor with Safe Kids Clark County, the misuse rate for car seats is as high as 95 percent.
Watson reports that some people use the latch that attaches the seat to the car incorrectly, while others fail to install the car seats tight enough.
When Watson demonstrated how to properly install a car seat, it took her less than 15 minutes. She emphasized the importance of installing a seat properly because it greatly reduces the chances of children getting a head injury in a collision.
Watson said there is one sure way to know if the car seat is not secure. "Just give it a tug on the belt pad where the seatbelt or the latch belt goes through," she said.
If the car seat moves more than an inch, it was installed incorrectly, according to Watson.
Watson also said there are several AAA locations where they offer to inspect consumer's car seat for free.
Local highway patrol and police departments often host car seat inspection events throughout the year, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has car seat inspection locators that consumers can use. Carla Wade "Viral video highlights the need for proper child safety seat installation" https://www.ktnv.com/news/viral-video-highlights-the-need-for-proper-child-safety-seat-installation (Jan. 16, 2019).