Car Seat Mistakes: Are You Putting Your Child in Danger?

By Grover Koelpin 16 comments

need a reminder of how important it is for child your child to be buckled up in a car seat I want you to look at this this was a very serious car accident luckily the child in that car seat walked away with only a bruise on his cheek it’s so critical your child’s car seat is installed properly and that’s why it’s alarming to hear that as many as 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly 80% is your car seat installed correctly or could your child be in danger certified child passenger safety technician Vincent Mastrangelo is here to help us reveal the top 3 car seat mistakes everyone in the audience I want you to look at this picture I’m sure most people look at this thing oh happy child buckled in y’all you don’t think you know what’s wrong Vincent tell us what’s going on here the mantra is a child’s forward-facing the harness straps would be at or above the shoulder but rear-facing is out of the loop so what do you make that switch you have to be prepared this one here she’s forward-facing and the harness straps you could tell they’re just a little bit it looks like here they’re a little bit below and so they should be above rear-facing car seat we always say 2 years old at least American Academy of Pediatrics request that and requires it and you should stay as long as possible and then once you do get into new C which is forward-facing you got to make sure you’re reading the manual and all the things that go with that and then from forward-facing with a five-point harness when you have that seat and you’re gonna transition to a booster seat you also have to make sure and know when it’s appropriate to make that change and so let’s talk about another mistake that you often see yes another mistake we see and this is this is a photo actually that there’s several glaring mistakes and most people notice them and one of them right away is you’re gonna see here the belt and the latch are being used the same time which has never recommended the last system or the belt path should or the belt bag vehicle seat bus should be used only one never both at the same time exactly it’s not safer at all and the other glaring mistake here we’re not mistake but you got to make sure that you’re really important is reading the label on the latch system and the weight limits because people will see that the weight the latch system goes up they’re 65 pounds but after 2014 all car seats are to instruct that that’s the weight of your car seat plus the child so people sometimes think it’s up to 65 pounds that you could use the last system for your child to be 65 pounds it’s the combined weight and really quickly because the car seat next to you which I know is life-saving that’s it that’s so cool-looking making safety fun is what we do and obviously this doll here should not be in this seat and that’s that we did this on purpose this child should be in a rear-facing seat as we always say and children should be well as long as you can keep them it which is counterproductive to our sales because we’ve only make a forward-facing car seat but as a father in a CPP Tech as a child passenger safety tech we demanded of our family and friends keep them rear-facing as long as you can and then when they’re ready for a fancy you can come to us and further router do you make those for big kids like and I think the most remarkable thing for me from the ER doctor’s perspective here is that an unsecured child you can have a slow collision and seriously harm your child or you can have one like we showed a picture of before where it is a horrific tract crash where you would think no one would survive and literally your child can walk away from it so take these tips to heart we’re gonna have more information on car seat safety tips on our website that’s it thank you so much [Applause] you


Lindsay Tucker

Feb 2, 2018, 8:28 am Reply

At first I thought it was a kid in a Batman costume sitting in a crashed car…


Feb 2, 2018, 5:18 pm Reply

They never explained why using both the latch and the belt is bad…

EllieEliOllie &mommy

Feb 2, 2018, 6:17 pm Reply

Thank you for talking about this, more people need to know and actually care.

Rocco Canas

Feb 2, 2018, 8:33 pm Reply

My brother has the same car seatūüėĀ

Trina Horton

Feb 2, 2018, 3:02 pm Reply

I have my mother in law and everyone else whining to me all the time about how my son can't possibly be comfortable in his car seat rear facing at three years old…I always say that a car seat is not about comfort, it's about safety. If he can sit rear facing in his seat while being within the height and weight limits.. Then he will. Don't like it, don't take my child in your car. My son never complains

Jennifer Aguirre

Feb 2, 2018, 10:01 pm Reply

But when you try to help parents they say ‚Äúmy kid is fine mind your business‚ÄĚ LIKE NO WE WANT TO HELP. I‚Äôm so glad I talked to car seat specialists so my baby is good ! She wasn‚Äôt before

Jennifer Aguirre

Feb 2, 2018, 10:11 pm Reply

They should have also mentioned no after market stuff . So if it didn’t come with the car seat DONT BUY IT. Idc how cute it is! Your child will be much cuter being safe. NO JACKET IN CAR. Straps can not pinch. They missed so much.

Lindsay Kennedy

Feb 2, 2018, 8:11 am Reply

They rules for child seats change so much. My son is only 5, and when he was a year old, our pediatrician really didn't like us still having him in a rear facing seat. She was adamant he be in a forward seat. Now just 4 years later it's different. Of coarse I remember laying in the rear window when I was little, but that was 4 decades ago.

terrie watson

Feb 2, 2018, 5:10 pm Reply

You can take a car seat to your local fire department and have it properly installed. Some car dealerships even offer this service.

Electro music

Feb 2, 2018, 9:05 pm Reply

They should make adult car seats or install five point harnesses in the seats of the car it would probably save so many adults from serve injures

Matthew Jackson

Mar 3, 2018, 2:27 am Reply

To me it looked like the car seat was placed in that car after the crash!! Looks iffy to me

that_retro_ vibe

Apr 4, 2018, 6:18 pm Reply

Uk car seats are sooooo much safer

The Modern Hippie

Apr 4, 2018, 10:25 am Reply

Hold on… let's just state how cool was that batman seat was ūü¶á

Daddie Gru

Apr 4, 2018, 1:37 am Reply

Maybe because the kid was sitting on batman so he was safe

Beckah M

Apr 4, 2018, 12:53 am Reply

Thank you guys so much for having a certified CPST on the show to bring awareness to carseat safety!

Kayla Michelle

Jun 6, 2018, 3:51 am Reply

They look like they’re above the shoulders already?

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