What Parents Think:
Did you know that 96% of parents feel that their car seat is installed correctly and that their child is buckled properly under California law? Unfortunately about 75% of children are not riding safely under the law.
This means that 3 of 4 children are NOT riding safely while riding in motor vehicles. Not riding safely is the number one reason that motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death and hospitalization among children.
Why Parents Make Mistakes:
Parents want to be safe but even when they try to follow the instructions and recommendations they often make mistakes. Mistakes are common from:
When mistakes are made with the type of car seat, installation and when buckling up the child, this can result in severe injury or death during a crash. However when children use an appropriate type of car seat, with it correctly installed and the child buckled properly, infants are 71% safer, toddlers are 54% safer and children riding in booster seats are 59% safer.