MacKenzie - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
Hello! I became a child passenger safety tech in 2002 as part of my job at our local Children's Hospital. My oldest child was 2 at the time, and I really thought his seat was safely installed. The average car seat has three mistakes, any of which can be life threatening. My seat, that I was so sure was properly installed, had NINE mistakes. I was horrified. I knew I must not be the only mom who thought I was doing things right, but was actually putting my child in danger every time we rode in the car. Since 2002 I have checked 1000's of car seats, and I have never found a single seat that was installed and used properly. Nationwide the misuse rate is about 90%. There are so many myths about car seats (like kids can go forward facing at 12 months and 20 pounds (false), a child can safely use a booster seat at 30 pounds (false), kids don't need boosters once they turn 8 (false). I would love to help you find the safest way to travel with your kiddos. Post here and I will help you find safe solutions to your car seat quandries.