Study: Parents Don’t Read Child Car Seat Instructions

Installing a child’s car seat correctly can save their life in an accident, but a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that one out of every five parents don’t even read the instructions.

Mandi Summers of Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts at Baystate Children’s Hospital says this leads to many mistakes.

She said the most common is failing to tighten the straps or tethers enough. She demonstrated for ABC40 the basic installation steps.

She noted though that while all car seats adhere to federal guidelines, there are nuances to every seat beyond that. That’s one more reason she said to read the instructions.


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