Adam Tuss, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Federal leaders are urging parents to take another look at the seats their kids ride in and make sure they are set up correctly as Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off.
Nearly three out of every four child safety seats are not being used properly, according to David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief.
“Even if you think you are doing it right, a little help never hurts,” Strickland said at a Northwest D.C. playground Monday.
A new NHTSA survey found that 20 percent of parents and caregivers did not read the instructions about how to properly install these types of seats. Yet 90 percent felt confident or very confident that the seats were installed properly.
“That’s way too big of a gap,” said Strickland.
According to the NHTSA, the five most common mistakes made when using and installing child safety seats are as follows:
Federal safety leaders are asking all parents to do a quick check to make sure their child is properly protected.
Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization to prevent unexpected childhood injuries, is also hosting hundreds of child safety seat inspections across the country this week.
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