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Deadly Car Seat Mistakes

Car-seat safety guide: Is your child's car seat as safe as you think?

A car safety seat can make the difference between life and death in an accident. Yet, it is estimated that more than 70 percent of young automobile passengers are exposed to potentially fatal consequences because they're no properly strapped in. Check out this lifesaving safety guide and find out if you're making the common mistakes parents make when placing their child in a car seat.

Common Car Seat Mistake #1:

Not installing the seat correctly.

A car seat works best when it is secured so tight to the backseat where all car seats belong that it effectively becomes part of the car's structure. Here's how to check if the seat's secure: It should not move more than an inch when you shake it from side to side or pull it forward. To get a tight fit, put your knees into the seat and press your weight into it while cinching down the vehicle's safety belt or the LATCH tether straps. LATCH refers to Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, a safety system that you can use to secure your car seat instead of safety belts. It's available on cars made after 2002.

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