Parents who place their child’s car seat in the middle of the back seat rather than on the sides, are keeping their children safe in case of a car accident. By positioning a child’s car seat in the middle of the rear seat, the child is 43% less likely to be injured in a car accident according to a University of Pennsylvania and Children’s hospital of Philadelphia study which was published in the journal Pediatrics.
The study looked at data from 4,790 automobile accidents which involved children under the age of three. They found that only 28 percent of car seats are placed in the middle rear seat. They found that the center position is always recommended but that there is a low compliance.
Correct use of car seats for infants and small children is critical in preventing serious injuries and death. Studies show that parents are more likely to incorrectly position and use car seats for infants rather than toddlers.
Childrens’s Hospital of Philadelphia has instructions and videos which show the correct positioning and usage of child car or booster seats.
The National Highway and Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a list of inspection stations in Washington State where parents can go to have their child seat installation verified. Click here for the list which includes addresses and appointment information.. In Bellevue, AAA Washington performs the checks. In Seattle, Children’s Hospital, Carter Motors, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic , The Car Seat Lady, and Swedish Medical Center performs the checks.
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