Norwalk, Conn. (WTNH) – Last week parents and kids gathered to learn more about keeping kids safe on the road. During the Child Passenger Safety Event held by the Fairfield County Safe Kids and the Norwalk Fire Department, parents learned how some common mistakes can mean the difference between life and death.
Statistics show that 18 out of 21 car seats can be installed improperly. Some of the misuses can include having harness traps to loose, loose car seats and retainer clips in too low of a position. It’s important to read the instructions on car seats carefully to know what to do and not to do.
Other safety concerns include not securing cargo in your SUV properly. That situation can be especially dangerous if your child is in a rear facing seat. Sometimes parents switch the rear facing seat forward too soon. You should make sure your child is of the proper weight in order to switch their seats forward. The same goes for switching kids to a booster seat too soon.
Connecticut law states that kids must be in an approved child safety seat until the age of 7 and they reach 60 pounds. That means a seven-year-old who weights 56 pounds must be in a child safety seat. A six and a half-year-old who weighs 64 pounds must be in a child safety seat.