FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Officers say nine out of ten car seats are not installed properly.
At the local grocery store, Bridgeport’s Dora Herke said her husband installed the one they use for their four-year-old daughter, Anabell.
“You don’t know,” said Herke. “You watch those videos on YouTube and you’re just hoping that you do your best.”
“The key is not just that you have the seat, that’s just half the battle,” said Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez. “The real part is actually having it installed the correct way.”
In Utah, an 18-month-old girl survived a crash in her car seat for 14 hours.
“The child was saved because the mother cared enough to make sure that that seat was installed properly and it actually held the child there until authorities could get to her,” said Lt. Perez.
He checked out car seats at the grocery store parking lot, and said Herke’s needed to be tighter. He reinstalled it to the point where when you shake the car seat, the whole car shakes.
“If you’re car seat was installed by a friend or a neighbor or someone who is not certified installing it, you need to call your actual police department to get it done the right way,” said Perez.
He can’t make house calls for everyone, but recommends calling your local police or fire department to make sure yours is snug and ready for precious cargo like Herke’s daughter.
“I feel so much better,” she said. “I feel better because now I know she’s really, really safe.”
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